The language of the birds
The language of the birds

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

- The language of the birds 2020
  • painted wood, silk prayer rugs and plinths
180 cm x 112 cm

'The language of the birds has been conceived all over the world as a mythical or spiritual/divine language, often used for divination or speaking to angels and other supernatural beings. In this case I refer to the prophet Suleiman (King Solomon in the old testament, son of King David) as he was regarded as having been gifted the ability to speak with the birds, a reference to his uncanny abilities of wisdom, authority over living creatures and magic. The language of the birds is referenced in mythologies from Europe, Asia and Africa, there seems to be a universal reverence for the beauty and curiosity of birdsong, always associating it with the esoteric or sacred'. (Abdul-Rahman Abdullah)

© Abdul-Rahman Abdullah


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