17 October 2015

Avian mega sculpture from Clear Brook, Virginia, depicts a flying water bird and another bird on its opposite side

'Flying water bird (goose)'
Adam Arkfeld find, near Arkfeld Site, Clear Brook, Virginia

The head of the goose is at left, tail at right, and it is depicted as touching the ground or water as if in take-off or landing formation. Adam Arkfeld notes a mammoth head and likeness when this photo is rotated 45 degrees left.

'Raptor' interpreted by Adam Arkfeld on the opposite side of the goose view. Possible vulture, or scavenger?

The flying water bird appears prominently in portable rock art. Their high fat content makes them a nutritious food item for human foragers.

I was reminded of the predator-prey relationship between raptors and water birds by my next door neighbor who witnessed an American Bald Eagle take a Canada Goose on the lake shore near our homes this summer. There was a significant fight involved. It is possible this avian mega sculpture features the pairing of these two bird types in recognition of this relationship.

'Flying goose' is 5 feet wide

 'Flying goose' sculpture from south east Asia. Tira Vanichtheeranont collection, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Virginia and Asian flying water bird sculptures are significant because they both include a ground, or water, which serves as a base upon which to present the bird. The bases and the birds are the same piece of stone in both cases. There is a remarkable similarity in the 'tails' of the birds found a "world apart."

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