Ramses II and the Widowmaker

Ramses and the WidowmakerHaving just reached the cusp of manhood, young Ramses II undergoes a treacherous rite of passage in the Nile floodplains to prepare him for the Egyptian throne. Suffice to say that this wild buffalo (Syncerus caffer) isn’t all that eager to cooperate.

This scene derives from the beginning chapter of Christian Jacq’s novel The Son of the Light, first in a series of biographic novels about Ramses II. In the original text, it’s actually a North African subspecies of wild cattle (Bos primigenius africanus) he wrangles with a rope, but I decided that a buffalo would have more exotic appeal. I am not sure which animal would have been deadlier though. In this picture Ramses would probably have reached somewhere between his late teens and early twenties; any age earlier than fourteen and he would have still kept his braided side-lock of youth.


What did you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s