The Bow and the Reed
The Bow and the Reed is a video recording of Nineb Lamassu reciting his entire new collection of Ekphrastic poems at the British Museum's 'I am Ashurbanipal' exhibition.
The video has been produced by Assyria TV and Assyrian Language and Culture Trust. It is free to download for all of our customers, it is our way of saying thank you for supporting our language and culture through buying our publications and supporting our writers.
These ekphrastic poems were written by Nineb Lamassu as part of British Museum's 'I am Ashurbanipal' exhibition. The poet wrote these poems during a number of visits to the exhibition and they were translated by Jamie Osborn. This collection is the first set of ekphtrastic poems to have been published in Assyrian and Nineb Lamassu's innovative ways of toying with his language feels like one is reading the tablets of an ancient Assyrian scribe: each poem is formed like a clay tablet, each tablet with a different shape, beauty and content.