Conference of the Birds

Conference of the Birds



Fatima Zahra Hassan

Artwork Title & Inspiration

'Conference of the Birds'

The Conference of the Birds or Mantiq Al-Tayr, is a long and celebrated Sufi poem of approximately 4500 lines written in Persian by the poet Farid ud-Din Attar (ca. 1142–1220), who is commonly known as Attar of Nishapur.

Artwork Category

Painting (Miniature)

Physical Description

Watercolour gouache, natural pigments, gold, white gold on tea stained Wasli paper.


29.9 x 42 cm

Country of Origin


LOT 57

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Fatima Zahra Hassan

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Fatima Zahra Hassan is a visual artist, educator and a researcher, trained in Indian, Mughal and Persian paintings. She specialises in the Arts of Book. Zahra studied sacred geometry and Islamic patterns with reference to an analytical and cosmological approach.

Zahra also studied Biomorphic Design with reference to surface design and embellishments. She has worked as an artist, designer and a consultant for various international organisations. She has undertaken many international art and design commissions from individuals, institutions and organisations. She is a visiting artist and academic in the UK and Pakistan. She also introduced new courses at the University of London’s World Art Programme in Asian and Middle Eastern Art and Design held at the British Museum in London. She has conducted numerous workshops and held talks in museums across the UK on Indo-Persian paintings. She is part of international research groups and often publishes on Middle Eastern and South Asian art with an approach that bridges both the practice with the theory.

Artwork photography courtesy of Tom Gowanlock.