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‘Tetovo’s Painted Mosque - 4’


I’d like to come back to the Šarena Džamija in Tetovo.
I had already written that the panels on the outside reminded me of the reverse of playing cards.
Many other members thought so too.

A comment from Beverley made me look up which is actually the oldest. Beverley thought these panels might have inspired other art.

Playing cards were invented in Imperial China. They were found in the 9th century during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
Those cards were nothing like playing cards as we know them today. They were used to play games now known as dominoes.
In Europe, the first cards were recorded in Italy around 1370. Within a period of twenty years after the first mentions, playing cards were spread all over Europe.

The Šarena Džamija was originally built in 1438 and rebuilt in 1833.

Did one influence the other or vice versa? Possibly through a number of intermediate steps? Hard to make out.
Possibly this resemblance is only seen by people from certain cultures. Perhaps the Muslims of Tetovo do not think there is any kind of resemblance at all …

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6546 W: 22 N: 15404] (60832)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2018-07-14
  • Exposición: f/0.1, 30 segundos
  • Versión de la foto: Versión original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-11-23 12:04
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