Portrait of a Dervish


Portrait of a 19th century Dervish (Mevlevi Order)

2018

Oil on canvas, 80x100 cm

A dervish is someone guiding a Sufi Muslim ascetic down a path or "tariqah", known for their extreme poverty and austerity. Their focus is on the universal values of love and service, deserting the illusions of ego to reach God. In most Sufi orders, a dervish is known to practice dhikr through physical exertions or religious practices to attain the ecstatic trance to reach God. Their most common practice is Sama, which is associated with the 13th-century mystic Rumi. Wikipedia.