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Collection

Syrian
Long-Legged Bird, Possibly a Crane

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.