The Afghan queen : a true story of an American woman in by Paul Meinhardt

By Paul Meinhardt

Lela Meinhardt, a tribal artwork dealer in Afghanistan, traveled and traded with migratory Afghan tribes from 1975 to 1980. via Lela's efforts, the museums and paintings global won fantastic perception into the tribal artwork and tradition of the Afghan humans. while the Russians arrived, Lela aided the migration of her Afghan neighbors and households via tribal conflict, bombings, land mines, tank attacks, earthquakes, and deadly political infighting. She additionally rescued a considerable a part of the Afghan tribal paintings background. whereas an try out is made to dramatize those studies, every little thing within the publication displays precise reviews

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During recovery, he was on drugs to deal with the pain, or so he said, so mostly he lived in a drug induced haze. The only time he gave to his import business was during periods of injury recovery. The injuries became so severe that he was on crutches a good deal of the time. Lela was forced to go to his apartment to pick out jewelry and she took her husband, Paul, with her as protection. The jewelry inventory that remained in old chests of drawers was of such low quality that Lela refused to sell it.

That day I nearly filled one trunk with all the goods I selected in the shop. These were mostly coin silver jewelry with lapis or turquoise stone settings. I also picked out hand painted and beautiful embroidered wall hangings, as well as some hand worked brass bowls. Nick said he would wrap the jewelry in paper and nest it in the brass bowls and wall hangings. When I asked about the prices of the goods I’d selected, Nick advised waiting for Mike to give the prices and terms. ” The hand-painted wall hangings held a special charm.

A woman alone in a tribal Muslim country seemed self-destructive; however, Paul knew that Lela was far more adventurous and enterprising than he. Lela was a bookkeeper and accountant with a Gypsy temperament. She grew up on the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn. v Her uncles were union organizers, providing Lela with part-time accounting jobs with that other Family. Lela and Afghan friends with kilems and brass (in background) Lela carried a switchblade, even during 41 years of marriage. Yet, to those she cared about, and cared about her, Lela was a beautiful, graceful, soft spoken, gentle, kind, and brilliant woman.

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