Monday, January 10, 2011

Book Give Away Winners!

Woo hoo! Congratulations are due to the two readers who checked in this week with their guesses for the identity of the item of material culture, featured to the right of this post. The first contestant Danielle Buckley wrote:

"I would like to guess the item for a copy of Anahita's Woven Riddle!!! If I don't happen to guess correctly or be the first one to guess, then I will just have to buy that book for myself as it is one of my top favorites of all time.

"How many guesses do I get?

"First I will guess some sort of incense holder that is used in prayer or during meditation. Perhaps it is a lamp? Maybe a holder for something like ashes. Is it an urn? Does it hold something precious like... treasure? Maybe it has something to do with communion because it sort of reminds me of the plates that are passed around.

"I have no more guesses left! Hope I got it right.

"Thanks for writing Anahita's Woven Riddle and please check out my review on library thing."

While Danielle made some very good guesses, she did not guess correctly. But, she won a copy of Anahita's Woven Riddle anyway because she was the first person to enter the contest.

A day later Jeannine Bakriges wrote with the correct answer: a lunch box.

When she heard that she had won, she said, "I won?!!!! Ha!!!! That's soooo neat! WOW! Thank you for running your contest!"

I found these intricately carved lunch boxes in the artisan market in the Old Jewish Quarter of downtown Damascas. Check out the Syrian pages on my website for other examples of traditional crafts that are preserved by local artists there.

My next book give away will take place in April. I plan to do this quarterly, so check in from time to time.

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