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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Grid 21
  • Description

    Calligraphic painting in blue and black inks on Arches paper. The Persian word 'ishq' (love), forms the basis of a grid.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 2013
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20.25 centimetres
    • Length: 16.25 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

  • Curator's comments

    Artist's statement:
    "My drawings are in conversation with the tradition of eastern calligraphic script and the western modernist grid. Writing the Persian word "eshgh" (passion/love) with an untrained hand traces my own playful yet meditative process in creating patterns to draw out a particular meaning of the word "eshgh". I chose the word “eshgh” because for me it is a defining denominator that speaks to our common fragility and humanity. The three letters when combined also allow for a myriad of interlocking combinations and this feeds my artistic sensibility."


  • Location

    On display: G2/wp66

  • Exhibition history

    2014 October, London, BM, G2, 'Collecting the World'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Deposited 1/5/14 (deposit no.1019) Credit line: Funded by Maryam and Edward Eisler.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Calligraphic painting in blue and black inks on Arches paper. The Persian word 'ishq' (love), forms the basis of a grid.

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

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