An Ancient Egyptian Love Poem

Dynasty 18, ca. I400 B.C. Tinted ivory, wood, and blue-pigment inlay; h. 4.2 in. (II.5 cm). Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, I926 (26.7.I292)

A love poem of the New Kingdom* likens the passion of the lover to the intensity of a gazelle as it flees the hunter:

O that you came to your sister [lover] swiftly,
Like a bounding gazelle in the wild;Its feet reel,
Its limbs are weary,
Terror has entered its body.
A hunter pursues it with his hounds.

Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. I390-I353 B.C. Bronze; h. 2X8 in. (5.4 cm)

* Between the 16th century BC and the 11th century BC.

Source: D. Arnold, An Egyptian Beastiary, Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. 1995.

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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