Art and Literature

An Iraqi sculptor defies unemployment by cuneiform writing

Sculptor Safa'eddin al Mashhadani aims to revive the ancient writing system after the defeat of Daesh in Iraq's Mosul.


An Iraqi sculptor Safa'eddin al Mashhadani is bringing the cuneiform script, one of the earliest systems of writing, back to life. 


Mashhadani works in a small workshop in his home in Mosul.


Along with other forms of art, under the rule of Daesh, it was seen as blasphemous and those who used it were persecuted.


"Before the Iraqi security forces came to liberate us, I used to hide the things I made during the exhibition here in this basement. Artworks containing cuneiform were considered archaeological and banned by Daesh," al Mashhadani said.


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