This was one of the harder ones to do, because, like the Assyrian, the Bosniaks don't have a mortal national tree. They're the first group that identified more with a flower: The Golden Lily. Which is why I didn't finish it yesterday. It needed extra research.
I considered painting just the lily, but decided to pair it, instead, with Pinus heldreichii, in part because it's a pine native to the area, and in part because it's also two of the oldest trees in the world, though not in their area: One is located in Greece and is 1075 years old and is thought to be the oldest tree in Europe, and the other is in Bulgaria and is over 1300 years old.
I painted six lilies to pay tribute to the Bosniak flag, and scattered the seven pine cones among the needles, as scattered as the trees and the people, through the Balkans and the world.
The twelfth leaf on my world tree is the Bosniak Pine and Golden Lily.
"Leaves on the World Tree: Bosniak Pine and Golden Lily"
by Janin Wise
3" x 3" acrylic on minicanvas
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