In one painting for a manuscript called “The Path of Paradise,” recently exhibited at the Met Museum, “Muhammad see seventy thousand curtains made of light, fire, precious stones, pearls, or gold. Seventy thousand angels guard these curtains, one of whom leads him through to the throne of God, which is ringed by seven hundred thousand tents of enormous proportions, each housing five hundred thousand angels reciting praise to God.”
(The Sarikhani collection, UK)

 

“穆罕默德看見七萬條金銀珠寶做成的布幕,由七萬個天使守護著。其中一個天使引領著穆罕默德進入布幕來到上帝的寶座,七十萬個帳篷圍繞著寶座,每一個帳篷住了五十萬個天使正在歌詠上帝。” 這段描述著回教先知穆罕默德通往天堂之路上看到的冠冕堂皇聲勢浩大的情景,乍看之下像道算數題,你能算算總共有多少天使嗎?不知為何,突然想到了德國導演溫德斯的經典名作《慾望之翼》Wing of Desire 裡那位動了真情的天使 Damiel,被貶下凡間後,他眼裡看到的世界都成了彩色^^這是在大都會博物館《耶路撒冷1000-1400》展覽上最讓我印象深刻的一件作品。