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Rebecca Giles Art
Medium: watercolor and ink on paper
Dimensions: apprx. 5 x 5 in.
This painting of a tomato slice includes both Arabic and Turkish text. Translated into English, it reads: "Eating tomatoes is prohibited because tomatoes are Christian. Tomatoes praise the cross instead of Allah and declare that Allah is a Trinity. Allah forbid." (Tomatoes have a cross-shaped interior when cut in half.)
I read this warning regarding the Christian nature of tomatoes in the newspaper in Turkey when I was twelve. The article was serious, not satirical, but it really cracked me up, because my family is Christian.
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