Allegory of Jonah and the Whale

Ahmed Muzahim2019

Al-Ghad Radio

Al-Ghad Radio
Mosul , Iraq

This powerful allegory of Jonah and the Whale offers an emotive, multi-layered commentary that attempts to reconcile the ancient past and more recent modern history of Mosul. The artist uses the image of the whale as a proxy to memorialise the destroyed Tomb of Jonah.

The artist’s dramatic, slightly ominous use of colour echoes themes of destruction and salvation from the story of Jonah.


  • Title: Allegory of Jonah and the Whale
  • Creator: Ahmed Muzahim
  • Date Created: 2019
  • Location Created: Mosul, Iraq
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Mixed media, oil, newspaper, blockprint, collage on canvas
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Canvas
  • Depicted Location: Mosul
  • Depicted Topic: Mosul

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