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AL HAA

AL HAA

Poems by Antar Ben Shadad, the famous Arab warrior-poet, who is known for his love story with Ablah and his courage and chivalry. In this poem, he describes some of his experiences where actions speak louder than words. He speaks of fairness, steadfastness, and courage in the face of hopelessness and great despair.

Original name (Arabic): الحاء
Original production date: 1979
Artwork Size: 100cm x 80cm
Materials: Acrylic and ink on paper
Location of Original: Royal Collection, Kuwait






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With eight lines of the poem by Muaan Ibn Aws. The verses describe the poet’s stand for honour, rejecting and condemning corruption and social decay.

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TUGHRA
TUGHRA

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HARF UL DAL
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