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Ostracon Gardiner 304 (1.52)
(227 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Egyptian Canonical Compositions; Individual Focus; Love Poems


A number of ostraca, mostly written as school exercises, hold love songs or phrases typical of love songs. This ostracon dates to the reign of Ramses III (ca. 1182–1151 bce).

Ostracon Gardiner 304 (1.52)

Subject: Cant 8:1; Cant 4:9

(Boy) (Number 54)

My sister’s love is in the …

Her necklace is of flowers;

her bones are reeds.

Her little seal–ring is [on her finger],

her lotus in her hand.

I kiss [her] before eve…

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Fox, Michael V., “Ostracon Gardiner 304 (1.52)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>

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