Photo by May Shi @mmayshi
Man figure on right side performing an Arabic folk dance, line of 8 figures looking at the man. On left side, one man kneeling and another playing a drum. Mosque-like building in background.
Artist(s): Iman Omar Al-Bustani

Dance at the Ishtar Gate

Completed: 2011

Paint on alcobond panel, 12’ x 16’

Featured is the Babylonian Ishtar Gate, one of the seven wonders of the world, constructed in 546 BCE. The dance featured is the joyous Arabic folk dance – the dabka, practiced in Iraq, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Cultural dress and items from various Arabic nations are represented.

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