Long-Legged Bird, Possibly a Crane

Syria
5th century
c. A.D. 400
Mosaic
15 1/2 x 20 in. (39.4 x 50.8 cm)
AP 1972.24
Currently Not On View
This schematized image of a long-legged bird is possibly a crane, a symbol of vigilance and watchfulness in Christian art. This bird has a long red beak and legs, and faces toward the viewer’s left. The body is outlined in black; the black eye is surrounded by small red chips. The body is composed of stones of pale gray, dark gray, and white with a black area on the wings.

Provenance

(Elie Borowski [1913-2003], Basel, Switzerland); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth,1972.