12" x 24"
Cold-Cast Bronze $3,600
Limited Edition 18
Miriam was a prophetess from a young age. When the Pharaoh ordered that every Jewish boy that was born should be thrown into the river, she swayed her father and, consequently the other men, to continue having children. She had a vision that her mother would give birth to a leader that would save the Jewish nation. To spare her new brother, Moses, she put him in a basket in the river knowing that somehow he would be rescued. Pharoah's daughter had gone to the river to bathe hoping for relief from a rash that she was stricken with that day and there she found the basket. When the rash cleared up as soon as she touched the basket, she adopted the boy despite her father's order. Miriam's actions ultimately led to the salvation of the Jews.
Miriam had divine vision when Pharaoh told the Jews to leave Egypt after the last plague. She foresaw that a great miracle would happen so she told the women to take their timbrels. When the Red Sea split allowing the Jews to pass through after which the waters came down upon the Egyptians, they knew they were saved. Miriam led the women in ecstatic song and dance to praise and give thanks to God.
While in the desert the Jews had an abundance of fresh water which sprung from a rolling rock that accompanied them in their wanderings. It was called Miriam's Well. From there they had adequate water for themselves, their livestock and to cause the desert to bloom with lush pastures and scented flowers. When she died, the well dried up and the rock suddenly looked like any other desert stone. Then the people knew without a doubt that it was in Miriam's merit that they had fresh water for all of those years.
The side panels depict the fresh water that the Jews enjoyed in Miriam's merit.