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Fragment with Two Birds

Fragment with Two Birds

Attributed to Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)

Large Cover with Four Trees of Life Inhabited by Rabbits and Birds

Large Cover with Four Trees of Life Inhabited by Rabbits and Birds

The delicate drawing and pleasing colors of the four tapestry-woven panels are the main attractions of this large and complete cover. The motif of a vase with growing vines and leaves is common; the rabbits an... more

Bowl with Birds
Fragment of a Tabula (Square) with Birds and Pomegranates in a Vine Scroll

Fragment of a Tabula (Square) with Birds and Pomegranates in a Vine Sc...

Tunics and domestic furnishings were often decorated with orbiculi and tabulae (round and square medallions), frequently arranged in pairs. Birds and vine scrolls were popular motifs of abundance, the use of wh... more

Frieze with Acanthus Vines, Birds, Crosses, and a Human Face

Frieze with Acanthus Vines, Birds, Crosses, and a Human Face

Made in Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)

Band with Cross and Short-legged Aquatic Birds

Band with Cross and Short-legged Aquatic Birds

This finely worked band includes a cross among its varied pattern. While Egyptian textiles with religiously significant motifs are relatively rare, crosses may have been meant to associate the owners with their... more

Fragment of a Band with Birds, Cross, and Head

Fragment of a Band with Birds, Cross, and Head

This finely worked and richly colored band includes a cross among its varied pattern. While Egyptian textiles with religiously significant motifs are relatively rare, crosses may have been meant to associate th... more

Tabula (Square) with Vine Scrolls Containing Aquatic Birds

Tabula (Square) with Vine Scrolls Containing Aquatic Birds

Tunics and domestic furnishings were often decorated with orbiculi and tabulae (round and square medallions), frequently arranged in pairs. Birds and vine scrolls were popular motifs of abundance, the use of wh... more

Two Fragments with Human Faces and Birds
Tabula (Square) with Vine Scrolls Containing Aquatic Birds

Tabula (Square) with Vine Scrolls Containing Aquatic Birds

Tunics and domestic furnishings were often decorated with orbiculi and tabulae (round and square medallions), frequently arranged in pairs. Birds and vine scrolls were popular motifs of abundance, the use of wh... more

Fragment of a Hanging with Birds and Flowers

Fragment of a Hanging with Birds and Flowers

This delicate linen is decorated with a trellis pattern of buds joined at points of intersection by open flowers. Animated green birds fill the center of each diamond. Flowers and birds were popular symbols of ... more

Orbiculus (Roundel) with Grapevine Inhabited by Two Purple Birds Emerging from a Pot

Orbiculus (Roundel) with Grapevine Inhabited by Two Purple Birds Emerg...

Tunics and domestic furnishings were often decorated with orbiculi and tabulae (round and square medallions), frequently arranged in pairs. Birds and vine scrolls were popular motifs of abundance, the use of wh... more

Frieze with Vine Scrolls and Birds

Frieze with Vine Scrolls and Birds

Animals inhabiting vine scrolls were a popular classical motif that remained in use throughout the Empire in the Byzantine era. Attributed to Egypt, Bawit

Oval bowl with grapevine scrolls inhabited by birds and animals

Oval bowl with grapevine scrolls inhabited by birds and animals

This oval bowl, made from a single piece of hammered silver, is an example of one of the new vessel forms popular during the second half of the Sasanian period (A.D. 224-651): the shape is typical for wine drin... more

Vine Lattice with Birds

Vine Lattice with Birds

This two-toned silk fragment features circular and lobed medallions composed of pairs of birds. These medallions are framed within an overall lattice pattern composed of abstracted vines, scrolls, and leaves. N... more

Mirror Back with Birds and Animals in Repoussé

Mirror Back with Birds and Animals in Repoussé

Originally attached to the back of a bronze mirror, this silver disk is richly decorated with fantastic birds and felines frolicking amid lotus tendrils against a background finely stippled with a punch ring. T... more

Textile with Confronted Birds

Textile with Confronted Birds

Although symmetry is a basic element of Chinese design, the motif of a pair of confronted animals or birds on either side of a plant was not known in China until the opening of the silk routes in the second cen... more

Vessel decorated with birds

Vessel decorated with birds

Western Central Asia

Vessel decorated with birds

Vessel decorated with birds

Western Central Asia

Textile Fragment with Birds

Textile Fragment with Birds

Attributed to Egypt

Cuthbert expelling birds from BL YT 26, f. 42v

Cuthbert expelling birds from BL YT 26, f. 42v

Miniature of Cuthbert speaking to the birds and driving them away from the crops which he had sown, from Chapter 19 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 42v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extrac... more

Two Bowls with Figures and a Footed Plate with Birds

Two Bowls with Figures and a Footed Plate with Birds

Common among the buff ware bowls that depict human figures are those holding drinking vessels. In this case, a man wearing a green tunic under a multi-colored, skirt-like garment holds a fluted goblet in his ri... more

Fragment of a Molded Vessel with Birds in Combat
Ewer with Birds and Animals

Ewer with Birds and Animals

This ewer decorated with quadrupeds and birds in roundels, probably made in Nishapur, is one of the best examples of glass vessels with wheel-cut designs. The two roundels on either side of the handle show long... more

Boys and Birds in Pomegranates

Boys and Birds in Pomegranates

This strip of silk features two clusters of pomegranates and leaves. The fruits at the top are filled with birds and flowers, those at the bottom with boys and flowers. The boys may refer to offspring: the Chin... more

Roller stamp with birds

Roller stamp with birds

Mexico, Mesoamerica

Textile with Birds and Horned Quadrupeds Flanking a Tree of Life

Textile with Birds and Horned Quadrupeds Flanking a Tree of Life

The motif of confronted animals on either side of a tree has a long history in Iran, but it became popular throughout the Byzantine empire and in the area around the Mediterranean Sea where Iranian textiles wer... more

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Two Birds Flanking a Tree of Life (front) and Leaf and Rosette Motifs (back)

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Two Birds Flanking a Tree of Li...

When Kievan Rus, a powerful new state to the north of the Byzantine Empire, accepted Christianity as its official religion in 988, the aristocracy also adopted the manners and dress of the Byzantine court. Loca... more

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Confronted Birds (front) and Human Heads (back)

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Confronted Birds (front) and Hu...

When Kievan Rus, a powerful new state to the north of the Byzantine Empire, accepted Christianity as its official religion in 988, the aristocracy also adopted the manners and dress of the Byzantine court. Loca... more

Temple Pendant with Two Birds Flanking a Tree of Life (front) and Geometric and Vegetal Motifs (back)

Temple Pendant with Two Birds Flanking a Tree of Life (front) and Geom...

When Kievan Rus, a powerful new state to the north of the Byzantine Empire, accepted Christianity as its official religion in 988, the aristocracy also adopted the manners and dress of the Byzantine court. Loca... more

Scroll Cover with Animals, Birds, and Flowers

Scroll Cover with Animals, Birds, and Flowers

A classic example of Song tapestry, this elegant scroll cover resembles a famous uncut piece (now in Liaoning Provincial Museum, China). This tapestry entered the Museum’s collection as the handscroll cover for... more

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Two Birds Flanking a Tree of Life (front) and Leaf and Rosette Motifs (back)

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Two Birds Flanking a Tree of Li...

When Kievan Rus, a powerful new state to the north of the Byzantine Empire, accepted Christianity as its official religion in 988, the aristocracy also adopted the manners and dress of the Byzantine court. Loca... more

Fragment of Carved Wood Panel with Two Birds

Fragment of Carved Wood Panel with Two Birds

The two birds on this panel have long legs and are shown as if opening their wings; their wide tail suggests that they may be peacocks. Similar small rectangular panels with figural representation were widely e... more

Crescent-Shaped Pendant with Confronted Birds

Crescent-Shaped Pendant with Confronted Birds

Few works with enamels have survived from the early Islamic period. The fabrication of this pendant is typical of Fatimid goldsmiths' craftsmanship: boxlike construction, gold stringing loops, openwork design w... more

Panel with Birds, Griffins, and Animals

Panel with Birds, Griffins, and Animals

Later Fatimid art is characterized by the increased use of relatively naturalistic human and animal motifs. The pattern of antelopes, flying eagles, and griffins on this wooden panel demonstrates that tendency.... more

Temple Pendant with Two Sirens Flanking a Tree of Life (front) and Confronted Birds (back)

Temple Pendant with Two Sirens Flanking a Tree of Life (front) and Con...

When Kievan Rus, a powerful new state to the north of the Byzantine Empire, accepted Christianity as its official religion in 988, the aristocracy also adopted the manners and dress of the Byzantine court. Loca... more

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Confronted Birds (front) and Human Heads (back)

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Confronted Birds (front) and Hu...

When Kievan Rus, a powerful new state to the north of the Byzantine Empire, accepted Christianity as its official religion in 988, the aristocracy also adopted the manners and dress of the Byzantine court. Loca... more

Textile with a Pattern of Stars and Birds, Originally from a Cap

Textile with a Pattern of Stars and Birds, Originally from a Cap

This textile was part of a cap, whose paper lining (46.156.11b) shows words of an inscribed text. The style of this script appears to be connected with the Ayyubid, late Fatimid or early Mamluk periods, while t... more

Textile Fragment with Facing Pairs of Birds Flanking a Tree of Life

Textile Fragment with Facing Pairs of Birds Flanking a Tree of Life

The motif of facing birds on either side of a tree has a long history in Iran and other parts of the Islamic world, but it also became popular throughout the Byzantine Empire and developed around the area of th... more

Textile with Animals, Birds, and Flowers

Textile with Animals, Birds, and Flowers

This textile demonstrates the longevity of motifs in eastern Central Asia. The placement of animals—a spotted horse, a rabbit, and two deer (or antelope)—at its cardinal points is a compositional device that be... more

Fragment of a Frieze with Addorsed Birds

Fragment of a Frieze with Addorsed Birds

This piece and objects 18.37 and 37.55 speak to two “transformation” trends of the early twentieth century: the “improvement” (if not forging) of artifacts, and the application of a limited number of geographic... more

Beaker, Birds
Scroll Cover with Birds and Flowers

Scroll Cover with Birds and Flowers

Some of the earliest preserved examples of Chinese tapestry survived as covers for paintings. This piece came into the Museum’s collection as the cover for the handscroll Dragon Boat Regatta on Jinming Lake aft... more

Double Capital with Birds

Double Capital with Birds

Birds, pinecones, and leaves enliven this large capital, set over paired shafts. The cloister from which it comes was built as the wealth of the community increased through the visit of pilgrims en route to San... more

Haguro Mirror (Haguro kyō) with Birds and Flowers by a Stream

Haguro Mirror (Haguro kyō) with Birds and Flowers by a Stream

Related to the Shintō notion of the mirror as an object of almost magical potency was the custom of dedicating personal mirrors to Shintō shrines. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries hope for salvation in B... more

Appliqué Plaque with a Tree and Four Birds

Appliqué Plaque with a Tree and Four Birds

This small but powerfully rendered plaque depicting heraldic birds highlights the varied uses of brass in the medieval Islamic world. The perforations in the bodies and wings of the birds indicate that this obj... more

Double Capital with Masks and Birds

Double Capital with Masks and Birds

The medieval sculptor transformed a Corinthian capital, substituting a head for the rosette that would have appeared at the center. On one side, it is the head of a man; on the other, a monkey: perhaps a warnin... more

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and ...

Vessels such as these were used mainly for formal entertaining. It was likely to have been made in one of the cities along the lower reaches of the Yangzi River. The vessel has the same shape as contemporaneous... more

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and ...

Vessels such as these were used mainly for formal entertaining. It was likely to have been made in one of the cities along the lower reaches of the Yangzi River. The vessel has the same shape as contemporaneous... more

Textile with Aquatic Birds and Recumbent Animal

Textile with Aquatic Birds and Recumbent Animal

The free arrangement of animals on a rhythmic background of geometric leafs is typical of Eastern Central Asian textiles of the eleventh to the thirteenth century. The design is also seen on Chinese tapestries ... more

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and ...

Vessels such as these were used mainly for formal entertaining. It was likely to have been made in one of the cities along the lower reaches of the Yangzi River. The vessel has the same shape as contemporaneous... more

Birds from BL Harley 4751, f. 36

Birds from BL Harley 4751, f. 36

Detail of a miniature of birds hanging from branches by their beaks. Image taken from f. 36 of Bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds. Written in Latin.

Two Birds on a Wintry Tree

Two Birds on a Wintry Tree

Two magpies, their feathers fluffed up against the cold, represent a warm reminder of the inevitability of spring. Such pictures of paired birds were often given as birthday gifts to elderly couples. The white ... more

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and ...

Vessels such as these were used mainly for formal entertaining. It was likely to have been made in one of the cities along the lower reaches of the Yangzi River. The vessel has the same shape as contemporaneous... more

Service with Decoration of Flowers and Birds

Service with Decoration of Flowers and Birds

The forms and decor of this tableware are purely Chinese—as opposed to silver pieces of the Tang dynasty (618–907), when metalwork in China was strongly influenced by foreign styles. The same forms occur in Son... more

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and ...

Vessels such as these were used mainly for formal entertaining. It was likely to have been made in one of the cities along the lower reaches of the Yangzi River. The vessel has the same shape as contemporaneous... more

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds

One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and ...

Vessels such as these were used mainly for formal entertaining. It was likely to have been made in one of the cities along the lower reaches of the Yangzi River. The vessel has the same shape as contemporaneous... more

Woman with birds on a perch from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 80

Woman with birds on a perch from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 80

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a woman with birds on a perch. Image taken from f. 80 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Borders with figures and birds, capital 'D's, text. from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 2

Borders with figures and birds, capital 'D's, text. from BL Royal 10 E...

Borders with figures and birds, capital 'D's, text. Image taken from f. 2 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two birds from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 50v

Two birds from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 50v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two birds. Image taken from f. 50v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two birds from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 51

Two birds from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 51

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two birds. Image taken from f. 51 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Birds and donkey from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 68

Birds and donkey from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 68

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of birds and the head of a donkey. Image taken from f. 68 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Birds and trees from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 33v

Birds and trees from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 33v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of birds and trees. Image taken from f. 33v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two birds attacking a snail from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 112v

Two birds attacking a snail from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 112v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two birds attacking a snail. Image taken from f. 112v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Birds from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 68

Birds from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 68

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of birds. Image taken from f. 68 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Birds from BL Eg 2977, f. 159v

Birds from BL Eg 2977, f. 159v

Decorated initial 'Q'(ui) with two birds. Image taken from f. 159v of Antiphoner (index antiphonal, antiphonary), Winter season. Written in Latin.

Angel, birds and a rabbit from BL Royal 19 B XV, f. 37v

Angel, birds and a rabbit from BL Royal 19 B XV, f. 37v

Detail of a miniature of the angel on the left, with birds in a tree and on the ground on the right, and a rabbit in a hole. Image taken from f. 37v of Apocalypse, with commentary (The 'Queen Mary Apocalypse'),... more

Tray with Flowering Plum and Birds

Tray with Flowering Plum and Birds

The wonderful flowering plum tree and two plump birds that fill the center of this tray illustrate the skillful manipulation of shapes and colors of the inlaid motherof-pearl to create a powerful, dramatic scen... more

Round Dish with Birds and Flowers

Round Dish with Birds and Flowers

Yuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty

Dish with long-tailed birds and hollyhock

Dish with long-tailed birds and hollyhock

Several features help date this remarkable dish to the fourteenth century. Two birds circle one another playfully in a composition suited to the circular shape. The lush hollyhock blossoms, shown from multiple ... more

Perfume Sprinkler [Qumqum] with Birds

Perfume Sprinkler [Qumqum] with Birds

This perfume sprinkler or qumqum is of a characteristic type with an oblong body and a thin elongated neck, wide above the body and then tapering towards the lip, with enameled and gilded decoration. Although t... more

Old Tree, Bamboo, and Birds

Old Tree, Bamboo, and Birds

Unsuspecting swallows weave among the bamboo while a preying hawk eyes them from the branch of an old tree. The unsentimental lesson to be learned from nature was that the strong prey upon the weak. The petty b... more

Stamp, Birds

Stamp, Birds

This ceramic stamp features a schematic depiction of a bird with outstretched wings and tail. A thin coiling line defines its teardrop-shaped torso, while its extremities have been reduced to series of parallel... more

Dish with Flowering Plum and Birds

Dish with Flowering Plum and Birds

Flowering plums and birds, possibly magpies, a popular theme in the paining and poetry of the Southern Song dynasty (1279–1368), were understood as harbingers of spring, because the plum is one of the first blo... more

Butterflies and birds from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 163v

Butterflies and birds from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 163v

Bas-de-page scene of two boys with butterflies, and another boy with a bird, at the end of strings that they carry. Image taken from f. 163v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French ... more

Butterflies and birds from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 163v

Butterflies and birds from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 163v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two boys with butterflies, and another boy with a bird, at the end of strings that they carry. Image taken from f. 163v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, ... more

Hunting birds from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 190

Hunting birds from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 190

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a hawk striking at a heron over water, with a falconer on the left. Image taken from f. 190 of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Hunting birds from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 190

Hunting birds from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 190

Bas-de-page scene of a hawk striking at a heron over water, with a falconer on the left. Image taken from f. 190 of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

God creating birds and bees from BL Royal 17 E VII, f. 5v

God creating birds and bees from BL Royal 17 E VII, f. 5v

Detail of a miniature of God creating birds and bees. Image taken from f. 5v of La Bible historiale complétée (Genesis - Psalms). Written in French.