Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A Bird in the Hand...

When I was in new York recently, I visited the American Museum of Natural History.

Amongst the exhibits in the African Peoples section, this sculpture caught my eye...




It reminded me very much of this, which I saw earlier in the year at the sculpture show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ...
It's Bird Swallowing a Fish (1914) by Henri Gaudier Brzeska.  This is the painted plaster version of the piece (there's also cast bronze versions.)



One's in a natural history museum as an interesting piece of ethnography from a 'primitive' tribe and is worth - well, not that much. 

The other is fine art, and is worth - well, quite a bit....

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