The figure shown is represented by two designs, practically the same, repeated so far as appendages go, but quite different in the ornamentation of their bodies. One of these has the same geometrical figure on its body as on one of the quadruped pictures, the second has a different design. Both birds have wings outspread as if in flight, in which the feathers are well drawn in detail, especially the wing on the side turned toward the observer. That on the opposite side is simply uniformly black. The feathers of its companion on the other side of the bowl are indicated by parallel lines. The tail is long and forked at the extremity, suggesting a hawk, and is decorated for two-thirds of its length with cross-hatched and parallel lines.
- Archeology of the lower Mimbres valley, New Mexico
By Jesse Walter Fewkes
Published in 1914
Available from gutenberg.org
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- Sunday 23 April 2023
- Art, Birds, Historic Artefact, New Mexico, Prehistoric