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Homage to Mahmoud Darwish

  • Object type

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  • Title (series)

    • Homage to Mahmoud Darwish
  • Description

    Sculptural drawing with Arabic calligraphy. Silkscreen and watercolour no 5 from an edition of 50.

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1979
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 100 centimetres
    • Width: 70 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This series is inspired by the poetry of the well known Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish (d. 2008). Verses of his poetry compliment the drawings. Darwish was an iconic figure and inspired many artists to create paintings and artists’ books.
    The verses is this drawing are from 'That is her image and This is the suicide of the lover'.
    “I wear you and take off the days,
    There is no history before your hands,
    There is no history after your hands,
    They call you the alternative,
    I do not have language, between myself and my name there is a country,
    And I want to incarnate the trees,
    I bear witness that I have covered my name with silence,
    Near the sea…”
    Extract translated by Atef Alshaer.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2014 - 2015 1 Oct - 1 Mar, London, BM, G34, "Poetry and exile: works by Abdallah Benanteur, Ipek Duben, Mireille Kassar, Mona Saudi and Canan Tolon"

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Deposited 4/7/13 (deposit number 0964).

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Sculptural drawing with Arabic calligraphy. Silkscreen and watercolour no 5 from an edition of 50.

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

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