‘Ashura: Victory of Blood Over the Sword, 1978
September 25th, 2016
‘Ashura is the day Imam Husayn and his supporters were martyred at the Battle of Karbala. Bleeding, disembodied hands fresh from the battle make several symbolic gestures, such as pointing an index finger to indicate the oneness of God and forming a “V” for victory. The poster presents the Shi’i symbolic belief that defiance and faith in God, even in death, will secure ultimate triumph.