Using his individual style of writing, Nurillo depicted the twigs with trihedral bolls of a dried herb Isryk which is so popular in Central Asia and all over the world.

According to the legends, the tribes of ancient Aryans who gave birth to the civilizations of Europe, Iran and India knew the sacred drink, "The Elixir of Immortals", named Soma (Khaoma) that contained Isryk.
Ancient inhabitants of the Iranian upland worshiped many deities of Mesopotamia and Babylon. One of them was the goddess Isfand, the goddess of the Moon, and the herb dedicated to this goddess - Isryk or Harmala - wore the name of this ancient goddess and was used in religious and mystical rituals. Today, Isryk and incense are burned on Navruz holiday in Iran to honor the tradition; the seeds are scattered on burning coals at weddings to drive away the evil forces and eyes. It is also believed that the smoke can dispel many diseases.
Dervishes, the adherents of the Muslim mystical brotherhood of the Sufis, used the seeds of isryk ritually to change the consciousness and achieve the religious ecstasy. Bedouins called it Harmel or Gariyal and believed that Harmel was a woman. Arabian sages believed that "an angel who is waiting for a man seeking healing watched every root, every sheet of Harmel." And if there is a bunch of adrespan in the house, devas and jinnas could not reach the house and will stay seventy houses away and a small amount of juice of the isryk leaves or its seeds, taken daily, protects from seventy illnesses.
In Central Asia, Isryk has been used as an amulet for a long time: a bundle of the herb is suspended near the entrance of the house to protect it from the evil eye. Isryk is the first remedy for the evil eye, especially for children. When a woman brings a newborn in the house, the whole house is fumigated with the isryk smoke before bringing the baby into the room and a bunch of the herb is suspended on the right side of the door jamb inside the room and put under the bedding in the cradle. Isryk seeds are sewn into a tissue bag - tumor - and worn on the body.

Medium: Canvas, Oil
Style: Impressionism
Genre: Still life
Height: 43.0 (cm)
Width: 32.0 (cm)
Depth: 0.0 (cm)
Year: 2016
Artist's Origin: Uzbekistan
Edition: Handmade, Original

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