I took a couple friends to Petra this last week (my 15th trip) and was hiking off the beaten path when I happened upon a Bedouin lady and her table of wares. I was about to pass without a glance, as usual, when a certain piece of pottery – an oil lamp with a design of questionable nature – caught my eye.
This was one of those train wreck/car accident moments. You know, the ones where you are passing by and you can't help but gawk. I did a double take to make sure and, yup, there on the lamp was a naked couple...ahem...getting busy.
I decided that such a thing was so bizarre, I needed to take a picture of it; otherwise my friends would never believe it. But wouldn't you know it, this was the first trip to Petra (out of 15) where I had left my camera in the car. This artifact was too good to pass up, however, so what else was a guy to do but haggle for the best price.
As I walked away with my newly-purchased treasure, I imagined the scenario in which such a piece might be manufactured. Perhaps pottery lamps were the Nabatean voyeuristic equivalent to You Tube. So say a Nabatean young couple goes to the market to buy oil lamps when suddenly...
WOMAN: "Ooo...this one is nice. Wh...wait a minute! Look at the figures on this lamp. Do they look familiar?"
MAN: "Hey! That's us! What the heck?"
SHOP KEEPER: "Perhaps next time you should close the curtains of your cave windows before you decide to get frisky."
Then again, I may have just purchased an oil lamp with a Nabatean couple playing leap frog.
In the buff.