Sunday, March 2, 2008
These tiles were all made by the same craftsman whose little shop is between the two rue riad Zitouns.
We have been visiting his shop for ten years and are enchanted with his images.
He spends much of his time making markers for tombs.
This camel doesn't look much like the ones I actually see in Marrakech and Essouria which have one hump. Perhaps it is a dromedary (?) - those people who know about such things will correct me.
Donkeys are used for transporting almost anything. In the late afternoon, young men zoom past Cafe France at quite a clip. Apparently donkeys don't have names like Neddy - they are just referred to as 'the donkey'.
Little children, when trying to be very naughty, call each other "Hammar' - donkey - but it's considered very rude - closer to jackass, I think.
Cats, obviously, are everywhere and I've done lots of posts about them.
I've never seen an elephant in Morocco - though this is a very handsome fellow.
These tiles offer a sort of language lesson - French and Arabic.
This bird - species unspecified - is the only one without writing. As far as I can gather the word for bird sounds like "Tweer" which sounds onomatopoeic - if that's a word.
Note the Berber architectural element.