It rained three days in a row. Had the downpour been a snowstorm, it would have covered the landscape, making life miserable. We never changed into our bathing suits or walked along the beach, but we counted ourselves lucky. The tropical vegetation was lapping it up, and at least we weren’t cold.
Islamic Art at the Ringling
What warmed our Seedy Nutty hearts was an exhibit at the Ringling Museum called Ink, Silk and Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Quoting from the wall board: “Never before presented in a dedicated exhibition, this collection covers virtually all aspects of Islamic art in almost all media, ranging from the eighth to the twenty-first century and from Spain to Indonesia.”
Seedy Nutty would have loved to be served from this 10th century peacock bowl. The notes say, “While the dark forms are often calligraphy, here they represent a bird perched among tree branches. Strips of decoration above and below the bird resemble branches or highly stylized Arabic calligraphy.”
Love in 710
A gifted Iranian potter made this decorative tile in 710.
Tiles like these walls ornaments in places, tombs and shrines. The exhibit notes refer to the script around the edges, which seem to have been written by a hopelessly in love tile maker. “In the Sufi tradition