Description This scene from Walters manuscript W.106 depicts a moment during the wandering of the Israelites in the desert after their escape from the bondage of Egypt. The Israelites came into the wilderness of Zin, and evil place, and they thought that they would die there, because there was no water. Moses (depicted here with horns as a sign of his encounter with divinity), struck a rock with his staff, and water flowed from it.
Provenance Léon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, June 6, 1903, by purchase [see The Diaries of George Lucas]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] When Moses led the people through the desert, they did not find any water. Then the people murmured and said that they wished more to have remained in servitude in Egypt than to die here of thirst. Moses struck the rock; water issued from it. They drank; [Transliteration] Quant myses amen[a] le peple p[ar] le desert ne truverent puint de ewe dunc grucea le peple [e] dit q[ue] meuz voleint aver alte en servage en egypte q[ue] la murir de seif. moises feri en la roche. ewe en issi il bure[n]t
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903
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