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Aftabeh & Bozi – Wall Decor Linocut Prints

What happens when you ask Bozi and Aftabeh to have a conversation with one another?

I use Aftabeh in my works as a tongue-in-cheek symbol of Iranian identity. The poetry line on the Aftabeh print is borrowed from a folk song from the Northern province of Gilan that reads, “Aftebeh, pitcher of water is heavy [to lift],” and speaks to how the small task of  carrying a jug of water weighs too much while bearing the sadness of lost love.

Bozi is inspired by the stylized design of a Persian ibex borrowed from a six thousand year old Iranian ceramic beaker, now housed in the Louvre.  The text on the Bozi print refers to another humorous Nowruz folk song that is meant to spread holiday cheer and bring a smile to your face in the middle of winter. The line reads, “Why don’t you smile Bozi?

  • These prints are hand-made limited edition of 6 linocut relief press prints with etching ink.
  • Note that these are not digital prints and each work is slightly different from the other.
  • 8″ x 10″ prints are matted with 11″ x 14″ white core bevel cut mats and are ready for framing.


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