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Jilly_in_VA

(10,350 posts)
10. So cool!
Sun Feb 12, 2023, 03:03 PM
Feb 2023

The artist-in-residence at our co-op gallery, who I am very fond of, is from Iraq. We chat a lot when the gallery is not busy, wide-ranging conversations that run everywhere from Islam to his time as a marine engineer to stories of his boyhood in Iraq. One time he told me about going on a picnic with his family when he was a boy and when his grandmother was brushing away a spot to lay the picnic cloth she picked up a stone that did not look like a stone. She gave it to Bahir's father who examined it closely and put it in his pocket. Later that week he took it to a jeweler in the Jewish quarter of Baghdad who specialized in antiquities. The man determined that it was a seal that dated back some 2500 years and probably belonged to some wealthy businessman. It must be amazing to live somewhere that you can pick up something like that when you are just on a picnic.

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