"Haa", a 24k gilded Arabic letter, A3

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Part of an elegant series exploring the hidden interpretations behind the beautiful Arabic letters. Intrigued and awe-inspired by the Arabic Alphabet, I feel honoured to share these Illuminated letters with you all. They are gilded using genuine 24k gold, on A3 handmade khaadi paper

The paintings have beautiful deckled edges which add to their traditional charm. Entwined around the letters are Ottoman florals, painted using handmade pigments from India, and high quality watercolour paints.

Painting comes unframed

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‘Haa’ is the twenty-sixth letter of the Arab alphabet. It represents number five, just as in the Syriac and Canaanite alphabets. It belongs to the element of fire.

It is the symbol of orientation to God. According to shaykh al-Qashani: “This letter denotes the Essence in terms of appearance, presence and existence”.

Shaykh ad-Dabbaagh informs us that the ‘haa’ corresponds to the detesting of what is opposite, which is a part of contraction.