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Kun I (Be)

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Kun I (Be)
  • Description

    Black ink and gold leaf drawing on muraqqa paper, signed and dated in Arabic; calligraphic composition with the Arabic word كن (kun) in kufic script.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 2002
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 46 centimetres
    • Width: 25 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature and date
      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        left and below character
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        نصر منسر 23
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Nassar Mansour 23
      • Inscription Comment

        23 stands for 1423 AH, the year of production in the Hijri calendar
  • Curator's comments

    The word kun which translates as 'be' alludes to the phrase in the Qur'an: 'and the day He [God] says "be", and it is' (chapter 2 verse 117).

  • Bibliography

    • Porter 2006 5 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2014 - 9 February - 8 April, Madinah (Medina), Meridian Hotel, 'Word'
    2008 7 Feb-30 Apr, Dubai International Finance Centre, Word into Art
    2006 18 May-2 Sept, London, BM, Word into Art

  • Subjects

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Koran
    • Associated Title: Qur'an
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Black ink and gold on paper, signed and dated; calligraphic composition with the Arabic word ?? (kun) in kufic script.

Black ink and gold on paper, signed and dated; calligraphic composition with the Arabic word ?? (kun) in kufic script.

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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