Saturday, July 23, 2011

Concocting a cure

Who knew simple glass bowls could make such interesting shadows.
Good ones to share at Shadow Shot Sunday.
It pays to enlarge this photo and read about how a prince in A Thousand and One Nights was miraculously cured by a concoction of ingredients bought in the spice-handlers market in old Jerusalem.
This display is part of the Materia Medica exhibit in Shaare Zedek Hospital.
Although I can't find proof, I imagine Spicehandler is an old Jewish name.
American Rabbi Ezra Spicehandler comes to mind.
Till today the Arab souk of the Old City has big spice shops full of exotic and fragrant spices and incense.


  1. Wonderful shadows, Dina, especially when the photo is enlarged. That market must be a great place to visit.

    —Kay, Alberta, Canada

  2. The bowls are casting double shadows, very nice.

  3. Gosh! I've never heard a name like Spicehandler before.

  4. I love spices, at least photographically, and I am very interested in old medicine.

  5. Isn't it exciting to find shadows where you never expected to see them?


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