~ The Guardian of Aleppo ~
This is part of a project by luxury scarf retailer OSHEQ, Dubai, UAE. I was commissioned to produce illustrations for 3, and I concentrated on the importance of Heritage in the Middle East by attributing a city to each scarf. This is Aleppo, the other two scarves are titled Babylon and Beirut (check them out on my portfolio!).
We have all seen the human, urban, and cultural destruction that has befallen the city of Aleppo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Once a beacon of Ancient Syrian cultures, presenting layer after layer of diverse civilizations, Aleppo has now been razed to the ground. As a tribute to this once opulent city, several motifs and symbols from the different societies that had inhabited its sites throughout history have been utilized, mainly Hittite and Ottoman. The former civilization ruled the city of Aleppo almost 3,000 years ago, and its most important surviving traces have been unearthed underneath the Aleppo citadel, where a Hittite temple was found containing wondrous slabs which depicted beautifully executed magical and mythical beings, such as the child-faced sphinx portrayed twice on the scarf. As for the vegetal motifs and choice of color, it was adapted from the Aleppo Room, a magnificent representation of Ottoman artisanal prowess, nowadays found preserved
in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.