"The Second Circle" is the second in a series of multipanel modular oil paintings by Samira Abbassy entitled "Eternal War" that charts the history of warfare from the pre-modern era to the present. All but the first and the last panels are interchangeable, allowing for the presentation of multiple narratives. Using the language of Persian miniature painting, the artist sensitively portrays the spectacles and grim realities of war and the cult of martyrdom. This series presents subtle allusions to battle paintings from the Shahnama and the Khamsa and oil paintings of the early nineteenth century.
Collection of the artist, New York (2011–13; sold to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bazm and Razm: Fight and Fight in Persian Art,", no catalogue.
Abichandani, Jaishri. Shapeshifters and Aliens. 2011.