Darius the Camel

James Christensen
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Open Edition Porcelain
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“Camelus Dromedarius” (that’s one hump, not two), the “ship of the desert.” So important were camels to life and travels in the deserts of the Middle East that in the language of the Bedouin the words for “camel” translate to “God’s gift.” It seems fitting that a caravan of beasts so aptly named would have transported these gift-bearing wise men as they followed the star that foretold the birth of the messiah. Our particular camel was so valued by his owner that he was named for the great Persian king, Darius I and was the only camel in the train allowed to sleep in his owner’s tent.