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Janbiyah by Noor Y


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The Janbiyah is part of the Traditional Yemeni Dress. Men used to wear these decorative belts and still do on a daily basis for protection when needed. This piece actually belongs to one of my uncles and is more that 50 years old.
I used the painting with light technique to highlight the beautiful details.


arab, culture, dagger, tradition, yemen


  • Anita Donohoe
    Anita Donohoeabout 7 years ago

    Noor, this is a lovely photo of a stunning work of art.

  • StacyLee
    StacyLeeabout 7 years ago

    I love the highlights in this piece. Great work!

  • RobStanley
    RobStanleyabout 7 years ago

    Nice. I collect blades of all sorts, this one’s a beauty! Great photo.

  • Noor Y
    Noor Yabout 7 years ago

    Thank you all for your comments. I used the technique of painting with light. Putting my camera on bulb then I highlighted the parts I wanted with the flash light. It’s a very interesting technique, you should try it. Let me know if you need more detail on how to do it.

  • shazzsymonds
    shazzsymondsabout 7 years ago

    gorgeous. I find it reminds me of very good quality chocolate. it must be the sensuous effect that you have come up with.

  • juliejulie
    juliejulieabout 7 years ago

    gorgeous and evocative! I have been wanting to try the painting with flashlight for a while and never get around to it. you have inspired me…

  • Noor Y
    Noor Yabout 7 years ago

    thanx.. you should try it.

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayabout 7 years ago

    Hi Noor Y beautiful work, the detail is stunning:)
    I’ve enjoyed seeing your portfolio of wonderful work.

  • Noor Y
    Noor Yabout 7 years ago

    Thanks Shanina ;)

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 6 years ago

    Great comp and a very creative use of light. There is a good balance between the shadows and highlights, and the overall light and warm tone gives the images richness and depth. very intricate details on the sheath and belt. a fantastic depiction of one of Yemen’s most known daggers. A great addition to the Art of the Middle East group.

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