Handcrafted with tiny cut mirror pieces by Ghassem Mahjoor, The size of the crescent is about 15 inches ling and the star is about 6 inches in diameter.
The color is just simple mirror color, the golden color is the reflection of the studio lighting,
Exclisive Mirror Work from the Artist Mr. Ghassem Mahjoor
The crescent moon and star symbol actually pre-dates Islam by several
thousand years. Information on the origins of the symbol are difficult
to ascertain, but most sources agree that these ancient celestial
symbols were in use by the peoples of Central Asia and Siberia in their
worship of sun, moon, and sky gods. There are also reports that the
crescent moon and star were used to represent the Carthaginian goddess
Tanit or the Greek goddess Diana.
The city of Byzantium (later known as Constantinople and Istanbul)
adopted the crescent moon as its symbol. According to some reports,
they chose it in honor of the goddess Diana. Others indicate that it
dates back to a battle in which the Romans defeated the Goths on the
first day of a lunar month. In any event, the crescent moon was
featured on the city’s flag even before the birth of Christ.
The early Muslim community did not really have a symbol. During the
time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Islamic armies and
caravans flew simple solid-colored flags (generally black, green, or
white) for identification purposes. In later generations, the Muslim
leaders continued to use a simple black, white, or green flag with no
markings, writing, or symbolism on it.
It wasn’t until the Ottoman Empire that the crescent moon and star
became affiliated with the Muslim world. When the Turks conquered
Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453, they adopted the city’s existing flag
and symbol. Legend holds that the founder of the Ottoman Empire,
Osman, had a dream in which the crescent moon stretched from one end of
the earth to the other. Taking this as a good omen, he chose to keep
the crescent and make it the symbol of his dynasty. Courtesy of: http://islam.about.com/od/history/a/crescent_moon.htm
Ghassem Mahjoor was born in Iran 1n 1930’s. He was commissioned to do some Persian Mirror Works at the Iran Embassy at the Shah’s time and still residing in Maryland USA.