the new birth on Flickr.
One of my earlier calligraphy works. Contemporary Arabic calligraphy letter study for the letter “Nun”.
Official title is “The New Birth” and a description is:
“nun” here in its Arabic form as “ن” is the 14th letter of Semitic alphabets. Although it represents “fish” or “whale” since ancient times (and hence inherits all the amazing myths and culture around “fish” and “whale” as symbols&concepts) its hieroglyph is a snake.
In Kabbalah, it is associated with “birth”. In Islamic culture, it is closely associated with prophet Yunus (i.e. Jonah); partly due to the “whale” story. Hence, just as Jonah is born to a new life once in and then once out of the whale - “nun” is a birth. Its form also resembles this concept: some say, its little dot above is an “immortal seed of life”, saved in and above the circular kernel. Like, the arc of Noah (prophet Nuh in Islamic culture) - carrying and protecting the “seed(s) of life” until the storm is over… In Arabic, “nun” comes after, “mim” ( م ) which is associated with death… that is life, birth, comes out of and after “death”, dying.
The form you see here is drawn freestyle and does not belong to a definite font or calligraphic tradition.