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Omani ruler’s portrait enters Guinness book of records

Indian woman makes 8x5 metre portrait of Sultan Qaboos using 128,274 handmade marble tiles

Omani ruler’s portrait enters Guinness book of records
RECORD PORTRAIT: A portrait of Sultan Qaboos of Oman has entered the Guinness book of records (Getty Images)

A towering mosaic portrait of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, ruler of Oman, has been entered into the Guinness book of records as the largest in the world.

Created by Indian born entrepreneur Kanika Dewan, founder of UK company Ka Design Atelier, the 8x5 metre portrait comprises 128,274 handmade marble tiles, the Press Trust of India said.

The portrait was presented to Sultan Qaboos in November 2010, on the 40th anniversary of his ascension to the Omani throne.

“We managed to get a photograph of the Sultan dressed in a simple dress taken by his personal photographer and used it as a template for the marble portrait,” Dewan told the agency, adding that the stones used to create the portrait were sourced from within the sultanate.

“The mosaic had to match the colours in the photograph, so I chose red rocks for the turban and gold beige for the dress. A desert rose was chosen for the dress, part of the skin reflections and skin tones. For white, we source pebbles from the sea,” she said.

Sponsored by various organisations and completed in collaboration with 15 artists, the portrait took four months to complete and is likely to be displayed in a public area, Dewan said.