7. Man and Boy, Khaju Bridge, Isfahan


As I wandered within the majestic arches of the Khaju bridge in Isfahan in Iran admiring the exquisite tilework and decorations, I saw shadows briefly pass by just beyond the outer arches. A passing man and a boy created a memorable image inspiration for this painting.

Providing welcome shade within their  arches from  searing heat during summer, the Khaju ( or Chadschu)  bridge along with its sister,  the Si-o-se Pol bridge in Isfahan both span the Zāyanderud, the largest river of the Iranian Plateau, in Isfahan, Iran.

For more than 300 years, this beautiful   bridge has been one of the symbols of Isfahan, an outstanding architectural landmark and one of the oldest and most beautiful bridges in the east. This marvel of aesthetic engineering was built on the order of Shah Abbas II of the Safavid dynasty in 1650.

(Interestingly, the etymological root of Persian name for the river Zāyanderud is the Sanskrit word Jeevandehi – the giver of life. I noted the close relationship between Old Persian and ancient Sanskrit in my travels echoes of the close cultural and linguistic influences between Persia and ancient India


Original:  Oil on canvas ; 12 x 16″  (305 x 410mm) ; framed

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