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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1990 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paper with printed design in coloured ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr Patricia L. Baker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In Iran, religious posters are commonly displayed in homes, workplaces and religious buildings. This poster depicts Al-Abbas at the Battle of Karbala in 680AD. The battle was a significant defeat for the followers of Ali, who was the son in law of the prophet Muhammad and the father of Al-Abbas. During the battle, Al-Abbas, his brother Hussayn and their family were killed by a rival who wanted to lead the Muslim people. This poster depicts Al-Abbas collecting water for his family, shortly before he was killed by the rival army. Iranian Shi'ite Muslims still mourn those that died at Karbala, during the month of Muharrem. Special ceremonies are held and posters such as this one are displayed to remeber the events that led to their death.

Physical description

Poster, paper with printed design in coloured ink. The central image depicts Al Abbas on his knees at the side of a river. He is wearing a gold helmet with two white feathers and a chain mail vest; at his left side is a sword in a scabbard and on his right a leather pouch. His two hands are cupped together in front of him and water is dripping through his fingers. His head is turned slightly to his left. Behind him are palm trees and the outline of an encampment. Above his head is a Persian inscription in yellow lettering. Surrounding the image is a border of walnut effect

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


ca. 1990 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Paper with printed design in coloured ink


Length: 98.5 cm, Width: 60.1 cm

Descriptive line

Poster, paper with printed design in coloured ink, Al Abbas ibn Ali at the water, Iran, ca. 1990.


Paper; Coloured ink



Subjects depicted

Feathers; Helmets; Flags; Tents; Swords; Mail



Production Type

Mass produced


Middle East Section

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