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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 16 x 10.1 cm (6 5/16 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.167.b
Bahir’s friend, wearing yellow, appears both in the upper register and outside Habbaza’s tent.
In the upper register, Bahir, dressed in orange, conveys a message to his friend for his lover Habbaza. Habbaza herself, who is married to another man, waits for the message in her tent. Other villagers appear throughout the painting, some gesturing in surprise, signaling how news of the clandestine affair spread among the people of Habbaza’s tribe.
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