Art: Rare Bird

From prehistoric time onward man has been fascinated by the image of birds. The owl has been interpreted as the symbol of wisdom on the one hand and of evil on the other, the raven as a sign of death and of victory. To the Egyptians the hawk represented the sun god; to early Christians the goldfinch depicted the crucifixion. Seldom has this multiform fascination been better illustrated than in the 160 paintings, bronzes, jugs, vases and primitive musical instruments on show last week at the Seattle Art Museum, a display ranging from a...

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