Burak Babajan

East meets West Collaboration between Burak Babacan of Istanbul and Mark Alan Dooley. The artwork is a restored Indian (Mughal) 17th century miniature called Al-Buraf Hafifa.

The mythology:
Al Burak has the body and ears of a white mule or horse, the head of a beautiful woman, a tail and mane of peacock feathers, and the wings of an eagle. Its feathers and hair contain all manner of sparkling pearls and gems. Al Burak’s breath smells like fine perfume. It is a Arabian symbol of Purity, and its name means “The Bright One” or “The Shining One”. Al Burak flew the Prophet Mohammed around Arabia and to the seven heavens and brought him back before the water glass he knocked over had the chance to spill onto the ground. Its original owner was Gabriel, the Archangel.

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