Is that a reflection or a shadow on the floor of the entrance to Jerusalem's Museum of Islamic Art?
Does it go to James' Weekend Reflections or Tracy's Shadow Shot Sunday?
Enlarge the picture better to see what created the reflection/shadow.
The delicate pattern from the windows is even echoed in the museum's benches.
And hey, there's definitely a shadow under the bench!
Here are the holes in the bench from above.
You still see a few examples of this on upper windows in the Old City.
The mashrabiy or rushan is an element of traditional Arabic architecture used since the Middle Ages up to the mid twentieth century.
The wooden lattice would prevent people down on the street from seeing the women in their home and yet would allow the women to see what was happening in the street. Or so it was explained to me.
In addition to the social aspect of privacy, the rushan was like a primitive air conditioner.
Wikipedia says "The wooden screen with openable windows gives shade and protection from the hot summer sun while allowing the cool air from the street to flow through. The wood itself absorbs the humidity from the air."
This year Ramadan falls in August, the hottest month of the year.
Not drinking or eating during the long hot day must be a real test of character.
Wishing Ramadan kareem to our Muslim readers.