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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: 13.8 x 10 cm (5 7/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.168.b
The dark sky indicates that this scene takes place at night.
Habbaza clandestinely meets with her lover Bashir outside of her village. The two lovers have been separated by Habbaza’s husband, who learned of their affair. Bahir’s friend, who arranged the secret meeting, waits at the right. The lower register shows a scene of the activity in Habbaza’s village.
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