Thursday, 13 December 2012

Thursday 13 December – Storytelling Buddy Bears


images Iraq


Artist: Furat al Jamil

The bear is part of dreams and stories for most children in this world. That is the reason for the dreamlike and story-telling images I have used on the Buddy Bear. The images are taken from the history and the folk-tales of my country to represent the imagination of Iraqi children who escape into their dreams to avoid the cruel reality of their present life. The bear tells stories from Sumer, Assyria, Babylon, 1001 night and the two rivers of Mesopotamia, the Tigris and the Euphrates.

"If you still can dream there is love in your heart."

Furat al Jamil

(Have to say, this is one of my personal favourites! Winking smile)





Artist: Giò Di Sera

“My bear is wearing a Pulcinella mask, its body, however, is colourful like a Harlekin's costume.

Local symbols from the Commedia dell'Arte have been mixed together, contrasts between North and South Italy combined.”


Commedia dell'Arte is a form of theater characterized by masked "types" which began in Italy in the 16th century . The name is shortened from commedia dell'arte all'improvviso, or "comedy of the craft of improvisation". The characters of the commedia usually represent fixed social types. Conventional plot lines were written on themes of adultery, jealousy, love and old age.


Italian Pulcinella – often called Punch in English 
Always dressed in white with a black mask (hence conciliating the opposites of life and death). His name, from Italian pulcino ('chick'), refers to his distinguishing feature: a long beaklike nose.

Harlequin is a comic servant character from the Italian Commedia dell'arte and its descendant, the Harlequinade. The Harlequin is also known to be a type of clown.





  1. I love your idea of an Advent calendar with Buddy Bears!

  2. i think Irag is my favorite of all the bears so far, i love the golden look to it.

  3. I have seen those beak type masks before but did not know about the Pulcinella and the reason for the black and white. A very cool thing to learn. But my favorite one has to be the first with the magic carpet ride.

  4. I love that first one too! A magic carpet - dreams of childhood!
    I could see that bear in the corner of one of my granddaughters bedroom. That would be so cool.

  5. The Iraqui bear tries to show a sense of normality to a country ravaged by divisions and therefore it brings some hope.

    1. Graham, the Iraqui bear is one of my favourites in the whole exhibition. I'd like to keep him :)


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