handwoven wall hangings, 2018

Celestials is a collection of wall weavings developed for Atlas: a contemporary design collection based on Mesopotamian heritage, to be produced by local women of Harran and Syrian refugee women residing at Harran. 

According to the traditional astrolatry belief of the Haranians, there were seven celestial bodies of seven gods. Hierarchically, SIN, the god of the moon was at the top of the pantheon of celestials. As the deity of the night, “His chief attribute was wisdom, which he dispensed not only to humans through his priests, but also to the gods themselves.”

His son SHAMASH is the god of the sun, deity of justice.“Just as the sun disperses darkness, so Shamash brings wrong and injustice to light.”