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AD DAL AND AZ ZAL

AD DAL AND AZ ZAL

The twin letters. With poems by the wise and well-quoted poet Abul Atahiyah, from the Abbasid period. In them, he argues that self-sustenance, one of the sweetest of all things to have, is complete self-reliance as it gives one self-respect and dignity and one of the hardest things of all is to ask favours from people.

Original name (Arabic): الدال والذال
Original production date: 1990
Artwork Size: 150cm x 120cm
Materials: Acrylic and ink on paper
Location of Original: Sold at auction to Private Collector






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