Christmas time is coming together with a wave of arctic cold here in New York City. However, the low temperatures don’t discourage the tourists and New Yorkers eager to see this season’s festive holiday window displays from gathering in front of big stores and boutiques. And, everybody knows that Macy’s Herald Square flagship store and Lord & Taylor on the 5th Avenue have the most magnificent window displays in the world.
The serpent inspired pieces make my imagination run wild to far away destinations like Morocco, Egypt or India. I see a snake charmer with a turban on his head, sitting cross-legged on a colorful carpet on the street, with his pungi and a straw basket. He starts playing entrancing notes and suddenly, as lured by the tune, a cobra emerges from the basket in a hypnotizing dance. It’s a bit disappointing to find out that a serpent actually cannot hear any music and it only follows the movements of the pungi instrument and charmer’s hands, treating them as a predator. However demystified the snake charmer’s act is, the untamed animal and its intricate skin keep seducing like in the old times of Biblical Paradise.