13 October 2016

Possible 'bird with head turned back' sculpture is in three levels of relief for head, neck and body just like example already reported

'Possible bird with head turned back in three levels of relief'
Adam Arkfeld find, Clear Brook, Virginia

This Arkfeld Site example of the 'bird with head turned back' motif was featured earlier on this blog. The new find is more ambiguous, almost 'cubist' in its angular abstraction. These two bird forms are both made on a lithic reduction template which created three levels of relief on the stone to express the head, body and neck of the birds. The similarity of the iconography and the manufacturing technique support the new find being an intended bird sculpture in the same tradition as the earlier example.

A Mesopotamian stone "duck weight' used in measurement is in the same natural motif as the two sculptures from The Arkfeld Site.

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