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Pharaoh's Wife Accuses Joseph (Genesis 39:7-20)
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Pharaoh's Wife Accuses Joseph (Genesis 39:7-20)

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Description This image from Walters manuscript W.106 depicts a scene from the story of Joseph. Joseph's brothers betrayed him and sold him to a group of Ishmaelites, who then sold him in Egypt. Joseph rose fast, becoming Pharaoh's most trusted advisor. Joseph, handsome and successful, refused the advances of Pharaoh's wife.
  • Jewish Heroes in Christian Books. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
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] below the image reads: The wife of Pharaoh desires that Joseph be her lover and commanded him into her chamber. Joseph said that this does not frighten him because he believed in God and she not at all and she did not fear treason to their Lord. She cried out [and] said that Joseph stole her by force. He was imprisoned; [Transliteration] Above: les sergeanz pharao[n]. ioseph. la fe[m]m pharao[n] [Transliteration] Below: la fe[m]me pharao[n] desira ioseph de estre seo[n] ami e le mandi en sa chambre. ioseph dist q[ue] ceo ne freit ker il cruet en deu e ele neant e ne freit t[re]isu[n] a sun seinur. ele cria dist q[ue] ioseph la vole a forcer. le[n] le enp[ri]suna.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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ca. 1250 (Medieval)
ink and pigment on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 5 3/16 x W: 3 3/4 in. (13.2 x 9.5 cm)
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