This is one of a group of seven paintings that celebrates the Seven Odes of Arabic poetry, Al Muallaqat As Sabaa or Prize Poems, which enjoy a special place in Arabic literature due to their power of eloquence and historic relevance.
When a poem was judged to be exceptional, it was embroidered in gold on silk clot hand hung on the Kaaba as a sign of general acclaim. Over the years, the Prize Poems which were thus hung at the Kaaba assumed a universal context and appeal.
With the full 85 (bayt) poetry lines by the pre-Islamic warrior-poet Anter Ibne Shaddad, who was famous for both his romantic story with Ablah and his fairness and strict war ethics. Such as not to start aggression neither to fight who is less capable neither go for he who is already down or loot him after his death.
Original name (Arabic): المعلقة السادسة
Original production date: 1993
Artwork Size: 250cm x 225cm
Materials: Acrylic and ink on paper mounted on canvas
Location of Original: Sold at auction to Private Collector
This piece is about the power of the single stroke technique which Ali Omar Ermes employs as a hallmark of a number of his works.
It explores the vast richness of the Arabic language and the magnitude of the depth of expression in Arabic with the simplest and most direct method or as complicated as you wish.