The Vessel

The Vessel, Jan 17,2012,coloured pencil on paper, 56 x 76 cm

The drawing is an image of an earthen ware jug with verses inscribed into the paper surface.  The verses, in English translation,are from the Qur’an and the meaning of the word vessel is used in the context of each verse.  



He has created man out of sounding clay, like pottery. ( Chapter, Ar – Rahman or The Beneficent,verse 14) But him We bore on that vessel made of planks and nails. (Chapter, Al Qamar or The Moon, verse 13) And, indeed, We have caused such floating vessels to remain forever a sign of Our Grace unto mankind: who,then, is willing to take it to heart ? ( Al Qamar, verse 15)
And they will be waited upon with vessels of silver and goblets that will (seem to) be crystal. (Al Insan or The Mankind, verse 15)
..with goblets, and ewers, and cups filled with water from unsullied springs. (Al – Waqi’a or the Event or The Inevitable, verse, 18)
Coloured pencil drawing on paper, 56 x 76 cm (detail of clay jug)


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