• Bird of Paradise Flowers in the Trevelyan Gardens in Taormina Italy, also known as the Giardino Trevelyan
  • Bird of Paradise Flowers in the Trevelyan Gardens in Taormina Italy, also known as the Giardino Trevelyan
  • Bird of Paradise Flowers in the Trevelyan Gardens in Taormina Italy, also known as the Giardino Trevelyan
  • Bird of Paradise Flowers in the Trevelyan Gardens in Taormina Italy, also known as the Giardino Trevelyan
  • Bird of Paradise Flowers in the Trevelyan Gardens in Taormina Italy, also known as the Giardino Trevelyan
  • Bird of Paradise Flowers in the Trevelyan Gardens in Taormina Italy, also known as the Giardino Trevelyan
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) feeding , Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • Euracian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) feeding , Native birds of Cres Island, Beli, Cres Island, Croatia
  • seagulls flying above the a shingle beach in Suffolk England
  • Whole roast turkey on a platter with roast potatoes with soft wine & vegetables behind
  • seagulls flying above the sea in Suffolk England
  • Early Cretian Minoan bird shaped  clay vessel, 2300-1900 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum  , black background.
  • Early Cretian Minoan bird shaped  clay vessel, 2300-1900 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum  , white background.
  • Early Cretian Minoan bird shaped  clay vessel, 2300-1900 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Early Cretian Minoan bird shaped  clay vessel, 2300-1900 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum  .
  • Early Cretian Minoan bird shaped  clay vessel, 2300-1900 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Painted Bird from the Roman fresco of a garden from Villa Livia, Rome (Early first century AD), Rome, Livia was the wife of Roman emperor Augustus.  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.<br />
Trees and shrubs had symbolic importance to the Romans as can be see by the plants used in the trompe-l’œil frescoes from the Villa Livia, Rome, which contains plants linked to the deities particularily venerated by Augustus and Livia.
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC). Egyptian Museum, Turin. white background. <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC). Egyptian Museum, Turin. black background. <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC). Egyptian Museum, Turin. Grey background. <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC). Egyptian Museum, Turin. <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC). Egyptian Museum, Turin. Grey background. <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Medieval relief sculptures of mythical bird on the exterior of the Romanesque Baptistery of Parma, circa 1196, (Battistero di Parma), Italy
  • Medieval relief sculptures of mythical bird on the exterior of the Romanesque Baptistery of Parma, circa 1196, (Battistero di Parma), Italy
  • Medieval relief sculptures of mythical bird on the exterior of the Romanesque Baptistery of Parma, circa 1196, (Battistero di Parma), Italy
  • Medieval relief sculptures of mythical bird on the exterior of the Romanesque Baptistery of Parma, circa 1196, (Battistero di Parma), Italy
  • Medieval relief sculptures of mythical bird on the exterior of the Romanesque Baptistery of Parma, circa 1196, (Battistero di Parma), Italy
  • Birds around a  vase From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 1st half of 3rd century AD. Marble cubes, limestone and glass. A border of geometric perspective cubes surround a scene with one bird sitting on the vase of Daphne whilst the other surround it. The naturalistic skill of the Roman Antioch mosaic artists is so good that it is possible to tell the species of each bird. inv 3461, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Birds around a  vase From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 1st half of 3rd century AD. Marble cubes, limestone and glass. A border of geometric perspective cubes surround a scene with one bird sitting on the vase of Daphne whilst the other surround it. The naturalistic skill of the Roman Antioch mosaic artists is so good that it is possible to tell the species of each bird. inv 3461, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Birds around a  vase From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 1st half of 3rd century AD. Marble cubes, limestone and glass. A border of geometric perspective cubes surround a scene with one bird sitting on the vase of Daphne whilst the other surround it. The naturalistic skill of the Roman Antioch mosaic artists is so good that it is possible to tell the species of each bird. inv 3461, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Birds around a  vase From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 1st half of 3rd century AD. Marble cubes, limestone and glass. A border of geometric perspective cubes surround a scene with one bird sitting on the vase of Daphne whilst the other surround it. The naturalistic skill of the Roman Antioch mosaic artists is so good that it is possible to tell the species of each bird. inv 3461, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Bridge spouted jug bird decorated. Early Cycladic I (1650-1550 BC); Phylakopi; Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5768.  Gray background.<br />
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During this Cycladic period the pottery designs were heavily influenced by Cretean minoan with pottery like this using bird patterns.
  • Cycladic amphora with bird decoration.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. cat no 5748.   White background.<br />
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During this Ctcladic period pottery was predominatly monochrome and brnished , this amphora is a rare example of bird decorated pottery from the era
  • Cycladic amphora with bird decoration.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. cat no 5748.  Black background.<br />
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During this Ctcladic period pottery was predominatly monochrome and brnished , this amphora is a rare example of bird decorated pottery from the era
  • Cycladic amphora with bird decoration.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. cat no 5748.   Gray background.<br />
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During this Ctcladic period pottery was predominatly monochrome and brnished , this amphora is a rare example of bird decorated pottery from the era
  • Cycladic amphora with bird decoration.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. cat no 5748. <br />
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During this Ctcladic period pottery was predominatly monochrome and brnished , this amphora is a rare example of bird decorated pottery from the era
  • Bridge spouted jug bird decorated. Early Cycladic I (1650-1550 BC); Phylakopi; Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5768.  White background.<br />
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During this Cycladic period the pottery designs were heavily influenced by Cretean minoan with pottery like this using bird patterns.
  • Bridge spouted jug bird decorated. Early Cycladic I (1650-1550 BC); Phylakopi; Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5768.  Grey background.<br />
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During this Cycladic period the pottery designs were heavily influenced by Cretean minoan with pottery like this using bird patterns.
  • Bridge spouted jug bird decorated. Early Cycladic I (1650-1550 BC); Phylakopi; Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5768.<br />
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During this Cycladic period the pottery designs were heavily influenced by Cretean minoan with pottery like this using bird patterns.
  • Cycladic amphora with bird decoration.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. cat no 5748.   Grey background.<br />
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During this Ctcladic period pottery was predominatly monochrome and brnished , this amphora is a rare example of bird decorated pottery from the era
  • Bridge spouted jug bird decorated. Early Cycladic I (1650-1550 BC); Phylakopi; Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5768. Black background.<br />
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During this Cycladic period the pottery designs were heavily influenced by Cretean minoan with pottery like this using bird patterns.
  • Birds around a  vase From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 1st half of 3rd century AD. Marble cubes, limestone and glass. A border of geometric perspective cubes surround a scene with one bird sitting on the vase of Daphne whilst the other surround it. The naturalistic skill of the Roman Antioch mosaic artists is so good that it is possible to tell the species of each bird. inv 3461, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms and bird crown,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms and bird crown,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Phrygian relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Andesite, Atateirk Orman ciftligi, Ankara, 12OO-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Winged griffin with a bird's head and a lion's body. There is a bird's head at the end of its tail. The chest was processed like fish scales. Its wing extends along the body. Muscles in its legs are schematic. <br />
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Against a black background.
  • Photo of Phrygian relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Andesite, Atateirk Orman ciftligi, Ankara, 12OO-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Winged griffin with a bird's head and a lion's body. There is a bird's head at the end of its tail. The chest was processed like fish scales. Its wing extends along the body. Muscles in its legs are schematic. <br />
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Against a brown art background.
  • A Colossal statue of a Bird of Prey excavated in the forecourt of a temple palace at Tell Halaf, Syria. Originally the bird statue had coloured stones in its eye socket and was mounted as part of a decorative column. Basalt 9th century BC. Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
  • A Colossal statue of a Bird of Prey excavated in the forecourt of a temple palace at Tell Halaf, Syria. Originally the bird statue had coloured stones in its eye socket and was mounted as part of a decorative column. Basalt 9th century BC. Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms and bird crown,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms and bird crown,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms and bird crown,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Phrygian relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Andesite, Atateirk Orman ciftligi, Ankara, 12OO-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Winged griffin with a bird's head and a lion's body. There is a bird's head at the end of its tail. The chest was processed like fish scales. Its wing extends along the body. Muscles in its legs are schematic. <br />
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Against a white background.
  • Pictures & images of Phrygian relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Andesite, Atateirk Orman ciftligi, Ankara, 12OO-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Winged griffin with a bird's head and a lion's body. There is a bird's head at the end of its tail. The chest was processed like fish scales. Its wing extends along the body. Muscles in its legs are schematic. <br />
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Against a gray background.
  • Phrygian relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Andesite, Atateirk Orman ciftligi, Ankara, 12OO-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Winged griffin with a bird's head and a lion's body. There is a bird's head at the end of its tail. The chest was processed like fish scales. Its wing extends along the body. Muscles in its legs are schematic. <br />
<br />
Against a grey art background.
  • A Colossal statue of a Bird of Prey excavated in the forecourt of a temple palace at Tell Halaf, Syria. Originally the bird statue had coloured stones in its eye socket and was mounted as part of a decorative column. Basalt 9th century BC. Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
  • A Colossal statue of a Bird of Prey excavated in the forecourt of a temple palace at Tell Halaf, Syria. Originally the bird statue had coloured stones in its eye socket and was mounted as part of a decorative column. Basalt 9th century BC. Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and papyrus decorations,   1300-1200 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and papyrus decorations,   1300-1200 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and floral decorations,   1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and floral decorations,   1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and floral decorations,   1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and floral decorations,   1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay polychrome beak spouted nippled ewer with human and bird features, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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A characteristic Theran ewer used for libabtions this pot has both painted and plastic features. The dots around the neck represent a necklace.
  • Minoan clay polychrome beak spouted nippled ewer with human and bird features, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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A characteristic Theran ewer used for libabtions this pot has both painted and plastic features. The dots around the neck represent a necklace.
  • Three handled Palace Style pictoral Mycenaean amphora with aquatic bird motifs, Mycenaean cemetery, Argive Deiras, 15 cnt BC, National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat no 5650.  Grey art Background <br />
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This Mycenaean vase is one of the first examples of Mycenaean pictoral pottery created from Minoan influences.
  • Picture of a Roman mosaics design depicting a bird, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus. 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia.
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and papyrus decorations,   1300-1200 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and papyrus decorations,   1300-1200 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and papyrus decorations,   1300-1200 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and floral decorations,   1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay polychrome beak spouted nippled ewer with human and bird features, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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A characteristic Theran ewer used for libabtions this pot has both painted and plastic features. The dots around the neck represent a necklace.
  • Minoan clay polychrome beak spouted nippled ewer with human and bird features, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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A characteristic Theran ewer used for libabtions this pot has both painted and plastic features. The dots around the neck represent a necklace.
  • Minoan clay polychrome beak spouted nippled ewer with human and bird features, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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A characteristic Theran ewer used for libabtions this pot has both painted and plastic features. The dots around the neck represent a necklace.
  • Three handled Palace Style pictoral Mycenaean amphora with aquatic bird motifs, Mycenaean cemetery, Argive Deiras, 15 cnt BC, National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat no 5650.  Black Background<br />
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This Mycenaean vase is one of the first examples of Mycenaean pictoral pottery created from Minoan influences.
  • Three handled Palace Style pictoral Mycenaean amphora with aquatic bird motifs, Mycenaean cemetery, Argive Deiras, 15 cnt BC, National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat no 5650.  White Background.<br />
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This Mycenaean vase is one of the first examples of Mycenaean pictoral pottery created from Minoan influences.
  • Three handled Palace Style pictoral Mycenaean amphora with aquatic bird motifs, Mycenaean cemetery, Argive Deiras, 15 cnt BC, National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat no 5650.  Grey Background<br />
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This Mycenaean vase is one of the first examples of Mycenaean pictoral pottery created from Minoan influences.
  • Three handled Palace Style pictoral Mycenaean amphora with aquatic bird motifs, Mycenaean cemetery, Argive Deiras, 15 cnt BC, National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat no 5650. <br />
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This Mycenaean vase is one of the first examples of Mycenaean pictoral pottery created from Minoan influences.
  • Picture of a Roman mosaics design depicting a bird, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus. 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia.
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Norman Romanesque exterior corbel no 62 - sculpture of a large bird of prey. The Norman Romanesque Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, England. Built around 1140
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a bird - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
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These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
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Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a white background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a bird - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
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These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
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Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia. Against a grey art background.
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a bird - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
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These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
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Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a black background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a bird - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
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These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
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Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.   Against a grey background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a bird - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
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These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
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Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC), Egyptian Museum, Turin. Cat 986. <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Minoan  pottery coffin chest with gabled lid and winged griffin decoration, Palaikastro 1370-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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The larnax chest is decorated the same on both sides with a winged griffin, horns of consecration and double axes, lilies growing from a rock, a large bird and a fish among astral symbols
  • Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.  Against a grey background.<br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Close up of a Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.  Against a grey background.<br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall Basalt, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Chimera. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Three-headed sphinxes. Winged lion, with a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail, also has a human head with hair in plaits and a conical headdress. The details in his feet are very distinct.
  • Pictures & images of the North Gate Hittite sculpture stele depicting a winged bird God. 8the century BC.  Karatepe Aslantas Open-Air Museum (Karatepe-Aslantaş Açık Hava Müzesi), Osmaniye Province, Turkey. Against black background
  • Roman Fresco of an exotic bird from  The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Roman Fresco of an exotic bird from   The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Roman Fresco of an exotic bird from The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Petroglyph, rock carving, of a bird by the ancient Camunni people in the iron age between 1000-1200 BC, Rock no 6, Foppi di Nadro, Riserva Naturale Incisioni Rupestri di Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo, Capo di Ponti, Valcamonica (Val Camonica), Lombardy plain, Italy
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • 9th century BC stone Neo-Hittite/ Aramaean Orthostats from Palace Temple of the Aramaean city of Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria close to the Turkish border. The Orthostats are in a Neo Hittite style and depict a mythical Bird. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • 9th century BC stone Neo-Hittite/ Aramaean Orthostats from Palace Temple of the Aramaean city of Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria close to the Turkish border. The Orthostats are in a Neo Hittite style and depict a mythical Bird. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • 9th century BC stone Neo-Hittite/ Aramaean Orthostats from Palace Temple of the Aramaean city of Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria close to the Turkish border. The Orthostats are in a Neo Hittite style and depict a mythical Bird. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Norman Romanesque exterior corbel no 1 - sculpture of a quail that it has just killed its young. This is based on a  bestiary story that tells of a Pelican that kills its young. It then pecks its breast to draw blood and sits on its dead offspring and the blood brings the young bird back to life. This is an allegory of Christ giving his blood on the cross for mankind. The Norman Romanesque Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, England. Built around 1140
  • Ancient Egyptian stele didicated to the swallow and cat by Nebra, limestone, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, (1292-1190 BC), Deir el-Medina, Egyptian Museum, Turin. white background. Drovetti Cat No 1591.<br />
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In the top register of this votive stele a swallow  (Hirundinidae) is shown perched on top of a shrine. An offering table is placed in front of it on the right side. The bird is called "the good swallow". In the lower register Nakhamun and Khay, Nebre's two sons, kneel in adoration in front of a large cat. They both hold a bouquet in their right hand, the left hand is raised in adoration before the good cat" (Houlihan,1996,87). The swallow and the cat both represent two minor deities, Menet and Tamit, who are  closely connected with the region of the Theban necropolis. It is unusual that this stele has been dedicated by Nebre, the royal craftsman, without him being depicted.
  • Ancient Egyptian stele didicated to the swallow and cat by Nebra, limestone, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, (1292-1190 BC), Deir el-Medina, Egyptian Museum, Turin. Grey background. Drovetti Cat No 1591.<br />
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In the top register of this votive stele a swallow  (Hirundinidae) is shown perched on top of a shrine. An offering table is placed in front of it on the right side. The bird is called "the good swallow". In the lower register Nakhamun and Khay, Nebre's two sons, kneel in adoration in front of a large cat. They both hold a bouquet in their right hand, the left hand is raised in adoration before the good cat" (Houlihan,1996,87). The swallow and the cat both represent two minor deities, Menet and Tamit, who are  closely connected with the region of the Theban necropolis. It is unusual that this stele has been dedicated by Nebre, the royal craftsman, without him being depicted.
  • Ancient Egyptian stele didicated to the swallow and cat by Nebra, limestone, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, (1292-1190 BC), Deir el-Medina, Egyptian Museum, Turin. black background. Drovetti Cat No 1591.<br />
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In the top register of this votive stele a swallow  (Hirundinidae) is shown perched on top of a shrine. An offering table is placed in front of it on the right side. The bird is called "the good swallow". In the lower register Nakhamun and Khay, Nebre's two sons, kneel in adoration in front of a large cat. They both hold a bouquet in their right hand, the left hand is raised in adoration before the good cat" (Houlihan,1996,87). The swallow and the cat both represent two minor deities, Menet and Tamit, who are  closely connected with the region of the Theban necropolis. It is unusual that this stele has been dedicated by Nebre, the royal craftsman, without him being depicted.
  • Ancient Egyptian stele didicated to the swallow and cat by Nebra, limestone, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, (1292-1190 BC), Deir el-Medina, Egyptian Museum, Turin. . Drovetti Cat No 1591.<br />
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In the top register of this votive stele a swallow  (Hirundinidae) is shown perched on top of a shrine. An offering table is placed in front of it on the right side. The bird is called "the good swallow". In the lower register Nakhamun and Khay, Nebre's two sons, kneel in adoration in front of a large cat. They both hold a bouquet in their right hand, the left hand is raised in adoration before the good cat" (Houlihan,1996,87). The swallow and the cat both represent two minor deities, Menet and Tamit, who are  closely connected with the region of the Theban necropolis. It is unusual that this stele has been dedicated by Nebre, the royal craftsman, without him being depicted.
  • Ancient Egyptian stele didicated to the swallow and cat by Nebra, limestone, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, (1292-1190 BC), Deir el-Medina, Egyptian Museum, Turin. Grey background. Drovetti Cat No 1591.<br />
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In the top register of this votive stele a swallow  (Hirundinidae) is shown perched on top of a shrine. An offering table is placed in front of it on the right side. The bird is called "the good swallow". In the lower register Nakhamun and Khay, Nebre's two sons, kneel in adoration in front of a large cat. They both hold a bouquet in their right hand, the left hand is raised in adoration before the good cat" (Houlihan,1996,87). The swallow and the cat both represent two minor deities, Menet and Tamit, who are  closely connected with the region of the Theban necropolis. It is unusual that this stele has been dedicated by Nebre, the royal craftsman, without him being depicted.
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC), Egyptian Museum, Turin. Cat 986. white background <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC), Egyptian Museum, Turin. Cat 986. Grey background. <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC), Egyptian Museum, Turin. Cat 986. black background <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Ancient Egyptian wooden falcon bird, Late Period (722-322 BC), Egyptian Museum, Turin. Cat 986. Grey background. <br />
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Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom from the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. These wooden models represented the work of servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals
  • Minoan  pottery coffin chest with gabled lid and winged griffin decoration, Palaikastro 1370-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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The larnax chest is decorated the same on both sides with a winged griffin, horns of consecration and double axes, lilies growing from a rock, a large bird and a fish among astral symbols
  • Minoan  pottery coffin chest with gabled lid and winged griffin decoration, Palaikastro 1370-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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The larnax chest is decorated the same on both sides with a winged griffin, horns of consecration and double axes, lilies growing from a rock, a large bird and a fish among astral symbols
  • Minoan  pottery coffin chest with gabled lid and winged griffin decoration, Palaikastro 1370-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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The larnax chest is decorated the same on both sides with a winged griffin, horns of consecration and double axes, lilies growing from a rock, a large bird and a fish among astral symbols
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic animal shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8. Black background.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic animal shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8.  Grey background.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic animal shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic animal shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8.  Gray background.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic ring shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8.  White background.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic ring shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Close up of Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Close up of Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a white background.<br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Close up of Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.  Against a grey background.<br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Close up of Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey. <br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a white background.<br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey. <br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.  Against an art background.<br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Close up of a Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Close up of a Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey. <br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a white background.<br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.  Against an art background.<br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.  Against a grey background.<br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Picture of a Roman mosaics design depicting  a bird charmed by  music being played by Orpheus, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, Bir Zid area. 2nd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia.
  • Picture of a Roman mosaics design depicting  a bird charmed by  music being played by Orpheus, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, Bir Zid area. 2nd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia.
  • Close up detail picture of the Roman mosaics of the small hunt depicting boys hunting a song bird in a tree, room no 24 at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Small Hunt room was used as a living room for guests of the Villa Romana del Casale. The Small hunt mosaic design has 4 registers running across the mosaic depicting hunting scenes. In the first register two servants are handling hunting dogs. In the second register figures are depicted burning incense at an altar to Diana, the goddess of hunting, before the hunt starts. The offering is being made by Constantius Clorus , the Caesar of Emperor Maximianus who owned the Villa Romana del Casale. Behind him is his son the future Emperor Constantine. To the right of the altar is a figure holding the reins of a horse dressed in a clavi decorated with ivy leaves indicating that he belongs to the family of Maximianus.
  • Hittite monumental relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Orthostats of a Procession. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900 700 BC. Griffin. Anatolian Civilisations Museum. Ankara. Bird - headed lions standing opposite on their hind legs (griffin). It is symmetric. <br />
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Against a white background.
  • Hittite monumental relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Orthostats of a Procession. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900 700 BC. Griffin. Anatolian Civilizations Museum. Ankara.<br />
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Bird - headed lions standing opposite on their hind legs (griffin). It is symmetric. <br />
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Against a black background.
  • Picture & image of Hittite monumental relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Orthostats of a Procession. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900 700 BC. Griffin. Anatolian Civilisations Museum. Ankara. Bird - headed lions standing opposite on their hind legs (griffin). It is symmetric. <br />
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Against a gray background.
  • Photo of Hittite monumental relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Orthostats of a Procession. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900 700 BC. Griffin. Anatolian Civilisations Museum. Ankara. Bird - headed lions standing opposite on their hind legs (griffin). It is symmetric. <br />
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Against a brown art background.
  • Hittite monumental relief sculpted orthostat stone panel Orthostats of a Procession. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900 700 BC. Griffin. Anatolian Civilisations Museum. Ankara. Bird - headed lions standing opposite on their hind legs (griffin). It is symmetric. <br />
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Against a grey art background.
  • Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall Basalt, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Chimera. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Three-headed sphinxes. Winged lion, with a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail, also has a human head with hair in plaits and a conical headdress. The details in his feet are very distinct.
  • Picture & image of Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall Basalt, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Chimera. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Three-headed sphinxes. Winged lion, with a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail, also has a human head with hair in plaits and a conical headdress. The details in his feet are very distinct.  <br />
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Against a white background.
  • Photo of Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall Basalt, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Chimera. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Three-headed sphinxes. Winged lion, with a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail, also has a human head with hair in plaits and a conical headdress. The details in his feet are very distinct.  <br />
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Against a black background.
  • Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall Basalt, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Chimera. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Three-headed sphinxes. Winged lion, with a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail, also has a human head with hair in plaits and a conical headdress. The details in his feet are very distinct.  <br />
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Against a brown art background.
  • Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall Basalt, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Chimera. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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Three-headed sphinxes. Winged lion, with a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail, also has a human head with hair in plaits and a conical headdress. The details in his feet are very distinct.  <br />
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Against a grey art background.
  • Picture & image of Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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On the left is a winged mixed creature with a human head and body who has a scorpion tail and bird legs; on the right is a human-like god. The figures fight with a winged bull standing on its hind legs. The scorpion-man is known as Girtablull.<br />
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Against a white background.
  • Photo of Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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On the left is a winged mixed creature with a human head and body who has a scorpion tail and bird legs; on the right is a human-like god. The figures fight with a winged bull standing on its hind legs. The scorpion-man is known as Girtablull. <br />
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Against a black background.
  • Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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On the left is a winged mixed creature with a human head and body who has a scorpion tail and bird legs; on the right is a human-like god. The figures fight with a winged bull standing on its hind legs. The scorpion-man is known as Girtablull. <br />
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Against a grey art background.
  • Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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On the left is a winged mixed creature with a human head and body who has a scorpion tail and bird legs; on the right is a human-like god. The figures fight with a winged bull standing on its hind legs. The scorpion-man is known as Girtablull.
  • Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall. Limestone, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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On the left is a winged mixed creature with a human head and body who has a scorpion tail and bird legs; on the right is a human-like god. The figures fight with a winged bull standing on its hind legs. The scorpion-man is known as Girtablull. <br />
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Against a brown art background.
  • Pictures & images of the North Gate Hittite sculpture stele depicting a winged bird God. 8the century BC.  Karatepe Aslantas Open-Air Museum (Karatepe-Aslantaş Açık Hava Müzesi), Osmaniye Province, Turkey.
  • Pictures & images of the North Gate Hittite sculpture stele depicting a winged bird God. 8the century BC.  Karatepe Aslantas Open-Air Museum (Karatepe-Aslantaş Açık Hava Müzesi), Osmaniye Province, Turkey. Against art background
  • Pictures & images of the North Gate Hittite sculpture stele depicting a winged bird God. 8the century BC.  Karatepe Aslantas Open-Air Museum (Karatepe-Aslantaş Açık Hava Müzesi), Osmaniye Province, Turkey. Against grey art background
  • Pictures & images of the North Gate Hittite sculpture stele depicting a winged bird God. 8the century BC.  Karatepe Aslantas Open-Air Museum (Karatepe-Aslantaş Açık Hava Müzesi), Osmaniye Province, Turkey. Against white background
  • Roman Fresco of a cat killing a bird from  The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Roman Fresco of an exotic bird from  The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Roman Fresco of a symposium exotic bird from   The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Roman Fresco of a bird from  The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Roman Fresco of fruit bird from  The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Roman Fresco of fruit bird from The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Petroglyph, rock carving, of a bird by the ancient Camunni people in the iron age between 1000-1200 BC, Rock no 1, Rock no 6, Foppi di Nadro, Riserva Naturale Incisioni Rupestri di Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo, Capo di Ponti, Valcamonica (Val Camonica), Lombardy plain, Italy
  • Norman Romanesque exterior corbel no 62 - sculpture of a large bird of prey. The Norman Romanesque Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, England. Built around 1140
  • Norman Romanesque exterior corbel no 1 - sculpture of a quail that it has just killed its young. This is based on a  bestiary story that tells of a Pelican that kills its young. It then pecks its breast to draw blood and sits on its dead offspring and the blood brings the young bird back to life. This is an allegory of Christ giving his blood on the cross for mankind. The Norman Romanesque Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, England. Built around 1140
  • Coloured glazed brick panels depicting the mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail the symbol of the city God Marduk. From the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels depicting the mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail the symbol of the city God Marduk. From the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels depicting the mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail the symbol of the city God Marduk. From the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels depicting the mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail the symbol of the city God Marduk. From the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels depicting the mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail the symbol of the city God Marduk. From the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Stone relief sculptured panel of a a bird hunt. Inv AO 19886 from Dur Sharrukin the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, 713-706 BC.  Louvre Museum Room 4 , Paris
  • Stone relief sculptured panel of a a bird hunt. Inv AO 19886 from Dur Sharrukin the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, 713-706 BC.  Louvre Museum Room 4 , Paris
  • Stone relief sculptured panel of a a bird hunt. Inv AO 19886 from Dur Sharrukin the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, 713-706 BC.  Louvre Museum Room 4 , Paris
  • Stone relief sculptured panel of a a bird hunt. Inv AO 19886 from Dur Sharrukin the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, 713-706 BC.  Louvre Museum Room 4 , Paris
  • Stone relief sculptured panel of a a bird hunt. Inv AO 19886 from Dur Sharrukin the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, 713-706 BC.  Louvre Museum Room 4 , Paris
  • Roman mosaic with cat and ducks. From the Roman villa on Via Ardeatina, next to Cecchignola, Rome. This Roman mosaic floor panel represents a cat trying to catch a bird in flight and two ducks, one of which is holding a lotus flower in its beak. The style is similar to Hellenistic paintings. The mosaic was found in the triclinium of a Roman villa dating from the first quarter of the 1st century AD and features a central panel using a style known as “opus Vermiculatum” or small tiles to give a greater detail to the mosaic. inv 124137 National Roman Museum, Rome, Italy
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • 9th century BC stone Neo-Hittite/ Aramaean Orthostats from Palace Temple of the Aramaean city of Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria close to the Turkish border. The Orthostats are in a Neo Hittite style and depict a mythical Bird. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • 9th century BC stone Neo-Hittite/ Aramaean Orthostats from Palace Temple of the Aramaean city of Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria close to the Turkish border. The Orthostats are in a Neo Hittite style and depict a mythical Bird. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • 9th century BC stone Neo-Hittite/ Aramaean Orthostats from Palace Temple of the Aramaean city of Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria close to the Turkish border. The Orthostats are in a Neo Hittite style and depict a mythical Bird. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • 9th century BC stone Neo-Hittite/ Aramaean Orthostats from Palace Temple of the Aramaean city of Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria close to the Turkish border. The Orthostats are in a Neo Hittite style and depict a mythical Bird. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • 9th century BC stone Neo-Hittite/ Aramaean Orthostats from Palace Temple of the Aramaean city of Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria close to the Turkish border. The Orthostats are in a Neo Hittite style and depict a mythical Bird. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Norman Romanesque exterior corbel no 62 - sculpture of a large bird of prey. The Norman Romanesque Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, England. Built around 1140
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara. A three headed Sphinx which is a winged lion with a human heas and a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail 1
  • Picture & image of a Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey.Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara. A three headed Sphinx which is a winged lion with a human heas and a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail 2
  • Picture & image of a Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey. Ancora Archaeological Museum. A three headed Sphinx which is a winged lion with a human heas and a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail 3
  • Picture & image of a Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara. A three headed Sphinx which is a winged lion with a human heas and a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail 5
  • Picture & image of a Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara.. A three headed Sphinx which is a winged lion with a human heas and a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail 6
  • Picture & image of a Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara. A three headed Sphinx which is a winged lion with a human heas and a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail 4
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey.  A three headed Sphinx which is a winged lion with a human heas and a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail. An Ankara Museum of Anatolian Civilizations exhibit.
  • Picture & image of a Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey.  A three headed Sphinx which is a winged lion with a human heas and a bird of prey's head on the end of its tail . An Ankara Museum of Anatolian Civilizations exhibit.
  • Minoan  pottery coffin chest with gabled lid and winged griffin decoration, Palaikastro 1370-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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The larnax chest is decorated the same on both sides with a winged griffin, horns of consecration and double axes, lilies growing from a rock, a large bird and a fish among astral symbols
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic animal shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8.  White background.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic ring shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8. Black background.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic ring shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8.  Grey background.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Burnished monochrome Cycladic ring shaped wase with geometric incissions.  Cycladic III (2300-2000 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5697-8.  Gray background.<br />
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Pottery from this Cycladic era was predominatly monochrome and burnished with linear motifs. Flower and bird designs were rare .
  • Close up of Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of emperor Augustus and Goddess Victory, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.  Against an art background.<br />
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The naked emperor Augustus stands in majesty with the winged goddess Victory(Nike). He carried a spear and has an eagle, the bird representing Zeus, at his feet. Victory is crowning a military trophy - a rough post with enemy armour attached to it. Beneath the trophy is a barbarian captive, his hands tied behind his back.
  • Close up of a Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a white background.<br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Close up of a Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey. <br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Leda and swan, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey. <br />
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Zeus disguised as a swan assaults Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed foot on the thigh of modest, struggling Leda. The swan is supported from behind a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which were born Helen and the Dionskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes
  • Pictures & images of the North Gate Hittite sculpture stele depicting a winged bird God. 8the century BC.  Karatepe Aslantas Open-Air Museum (Karatepe-Aslantaş Açık Hava Müzesi), Osmaniye Province, Turkey. Against grey background
  • Roman Fresco of a hippo bird from  The Large Columbarium in Villa Doria Panphilj, Rome. A columbarium is usually a type of tomb with walls lined by niches that hold urns containing the ashes of the dead.  Large columbaria were built in Rome between the end of the Republican Era and the Flavio Principality (second half of the first century AD).  Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy.
  • Norman Romanesque exterior corbel no 62 - sculpture of a large bird of prey. The Norman Romanesque Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, England. Built around 1140
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Coloured glazed brick panels of the facade of the  first smaller Ishtar Gate, Babylon, dating from 604-562 BC. Babylon (present day Iraq). The Ishtar Gate, Babylon, was situated in the northern wall of the city and was named after the goddess Ishtar. The gate was decorated with reprentations of bulls, the symbol of the weather god Adad, and dragons (Babylonian Mushhushu), the symbol of the city God Marduk. The mythical composite animal has the head and the body of a snake, the front legs of a lion, the hind legs of a bird and a scorpion sting in the tail. The ground plan and debris of the gate buildings were uncovered during the German excavation from 1899-1917 directed by Robert Koldewey. The Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • A bird from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • A bird from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Photo of Roman releif sculpture of Zeus & Leda, Aphrodisias, Turkey, Images of Roman art bas releifs. Buy as stock or photo art prints. Zeus disguised as a swan assaults the Spartan princess Leda. The bird stands on the tips of its outspread wings and presses its webbed feet onto the thigh of the stuggling Leda. The swan is supported by a small Eros. From this encounter came a large egg from which was born Helen and the Dioskouroi twins, Kastor and Polydeukes. Cut Out
  • Photo of a  jug decorated with stylised birds bands showing Cycladic and Minoan influences.   Mycenae Grave find, Greece. 15th century BC,  ,  National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
  • Photo of a  jug decorated with stylised birds bands showing Cycladic and Minoan influences.   Mycenae Grave find, Greece. 15th century BC,  ,  National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
  • Photo of Hittite relief sculpted orthostat stone panel of Herald's Wall Basalt, Karkamıs, (Kargamıs), Carchemish (Karkemish), 900-700 B.C. Bird-headed, winged figures of human body. Anatolian Civilisations Museum, Ankara, Turkey.<br />
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These figures are called as "Winged Griffin Demons". Embossing is constructed symmetrically. Their hands are on their heads. It is assumed that they carry the heavens. <br />
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Against a black background.

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