Burak and Triskelion
2006, mixed media, 16 x 22”, by Jenny Badger Sultan
The first time I encountered Burak (often "Buraq") was in an appliqué from Mali that I saw at the Santa Fe Folk Art Museum. I was very struck by her image and when I looked into it further found that she was the vehicle on which Muhammed rode on his night journey to heaven where he communed with God and received his divine visions and instructions before returning to earth.
Burak is portrayed as a horse with wings, a woman’s face and a peacock’s tail. I thought it was very significant that a female being transported him, especially in light of the scarcity of sacred feminine images in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam.)
I constructed this version of the ancient symbol using the book Sacred Geometry by Miranda Lundy. It is such a beautiful form.