Shape as Nazarlik
Next Saul pointed out that the shape of nazarlik makes a difference.
He said that a noted Anatolian dervish held that the circle, the triangle
and the six pointed star attract, and so deflect, the attention of the
nazar. (Notice that a diamond is two triangles joined on a common
side, and that a six-pointed star is composed of two overlapping
These shapes, Saul said, are common in traditional tribal weavings.
He acknowledged that the six-pointed star has seen less use in the 20th
century, but suggested that this may be more a political statement
than a shift in belief.
He added that Islamic philosophy provides a coherent iconography of
the meanings of various kinds of stars. Five-pointed, six-pointed,
Triangles that upper-pointing triangles such as those in the amulets
Saul is holding in picture 84, symbolize unity with God. Picture 85 is a closer look
at the one on the left
Note: While we are primarily treating "nazalik as shape" here, it is
important to note that amulets have compartments that should have
something sacred within them - like pages from the Koran, or earth
from a holy place, etc., something we'll treat again below.
The small, beaded bag in pic. 86 is another example of the use of triangles
When triangles are reversed, with one point down, as in this Turkish horse's head band (pic. 87 with detail pic. 88) they are said to symbolize the fertility of the earth.
Picture 89 is another piece in which a triangular shape is prominent.
This piece is a horse's head piece from Uzbekistan. Strong colors, graphics and a liberal decoration with tassels that
employee beads all add to the protective power attributed to such a
A closer look at this triangular area is shown in pic.90.
The next piece (pic. 91) is made from a 19th century Turkman fragment and has
added blue beads, cowary shells, tassels, etc. This was to hang in one’s
tent or home. It was purchased from the wall of a home. A detail is shown in pic. 92.
Color use and graphic design provide good protective impact.