Tomato

Price: $50

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. It was serious, not a joke, but it really cracked me up. 

I found a similar English-language version of that news article in case you are curious: 

www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tomatoes-are-christian

© 2017 by Rebecca Giles.