A fragment of a pottery vessel of Persian provenance that dates to the Middle Ages (12th-13th centuries CE) was discovered in an archaeological excavation…in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The fragment is treated with a turquoise glaze and is adorned with floral patterns and a black inscription…on the neck of the vessel written in Persian.
It reads: â€œWas once the embrace of a lover that entreatâ€.
…The words are from the Rubaiyat, by the poet Omar Khayyam. Omar Khayyam was an astronomer, mathematician and one of the most famous Persian poets of the Middle Ages (11th-12th centuries CE).
The following is the complete translation of the poem:
Rubaiyat, by Omar Khayyam
Ø§ÛŒÙ† Ú©ÙˆØ²Ù‡ Ú†Ùˆ Ù…Ù† Ø¹Ø§Ø´Ù‚ Ø²Ø§Ø±ÛŒ Ø¨ÙˆØ¯Ù‡ Ø§Ø³Øª
This clay pot like a lover once in heat
Ø¯Ø± Ø¨Ù†Ø¯ Ø³Ø± Ø²Ù„Ù Ù†Ú¯Ø§Ø±ÛŒ Ø¨ÙˆØ¯Ù‡â€ŒØ³Øª
A lock of hair his senses did defeat
Ø§ÛŒÙ†Ø¯Ø³ØªÙ‡ Ú©Ù‡ Ø¨Ø± Ú¯Ø±Ø¯Ù† Ø§Ùˆ Ù…ÛŒâ€ŒØ¨ÛŒÙ†ÛŒ
The handle that has made the bottleneck its own seat
Ø¯Ø³ØªÛŒâ€ŒØ³Øª Ú©Ù‡ Ø¨Ø±Ú¯Ø±Ø¯Ù† ÛŒØ§Ø±ÛŒ Ø¨ÙˆØ¯Ù‡â€ŒØ³Øª
Was once the embrace of a lover that entreat
Not sure why it struck me as interesting.