Like a twig, I floated aimlessly until I felt the warmth of a sandbank and crawled upon the shore. I opened my eyes and gazed at the blue sky and soft cotton clouds as if it was my first time.
Flight of Horace by Mohammed Shamma is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at flightofhorace.com.
Horace’s pose in this scene is based on the earth god Geb in the Book of the Dead of Nesitanebtashru.
The acacia tree can be found in the “Netting Birds” scene painted on the walls of the Tomb of Khnumhotep (Beni Hasan, Middle Kingdom). Painted by Nina de Garis Davies (1881–1965)
The flowers are California poppies styled in the manner commonly found in Egyptian monuments. (Atlas of Egyptian Art, Zeitouna Press, 1991, Plate # 11.62, E. Prisse d’Avennes)
The Warmth of a Sandbank