Birds and Humans

This photograph depicts a downward view of a person’s lap and hands, which hold a bird nest with four small eggs inside.
Keith Carter
Bird Nest & Eggs
gelatin silver print on paper
15 in x 15 in (38.1 cm x 38.1 cm)
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
Wang Wu
Bird on a Plum Branch
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
20 1/8 in x 12 5/16 in (51.1 cm x 31.3 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
The Hindu God Ganesha sits atop a large white bird (a stork?). He holds the following objects in three of his four hands: a sword, lotus flower, and prayer beads. The stork also has a string of beads hanging from its beak. The landscape is plain and green, and a stream of water flows below.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Jaipur School
Page from an Indian zodiac manuscript: Elephant-Headed Figure on a White Bird
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
8 3/8 in x 8 in (21.2 cm x 20.3 cm);19 7/16 in x 14 3/8 in (49.37 cm x 36.51 cm)
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
A dark blue-bodied God sits on the back of a pigeon. The figure holds a wheel/chakra, conch shell, scepter/ gong, and a lotus flower. A vast open green plane takes up the surroundings, and a stream of water is shown below.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Jaipur School
Page from an Indian zodiac manuscript: Vishnu on a Bird
ink and opaque watercolor on paper
10 3/4 in x 7 15/16 in (27.3 cm x 20.1 cm);10 3/4 in x 7 15/16 in (27.3 cm x 20.1 cm)
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
This painting inculdes the seal of the artist Ren Xun. A crane stands in the foreground, with it's head and beak turned toward the viewer, revealing a patch of orangish red on its face. A pine tree arches across the background above.
Ren Xun (Jen Hsün)
Crane, Pine and Bamboo
ink on paper
56 3/8 in x 15 7/16 in (143.19 cm x 39.21 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
John James Audubon
Canada Warbler
hand-colored aquatint on paper
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Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
Bird Mask
9 in x 8 1/4 in x 27 9/16 in (22.8 cm x 21 cm x 70 cm)
Gift of Dr. Douglas C. Kelley
A small hollow sculpture of a bird resting on tripod feet, with a globular body, a beaked head, a curled tail, with peircings to the body.  There is a dark brown glaze applied to the top half of the figure.
Bird-shaped Whistle
earthenware with glaze
2 5/16 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 9/16 in (5.87 cm x 5.72 cm x 3.97 cm)
Museum Purchase

Baton in the form of a Hornbill Bird
carved wood
17 15/16 in x 1 1/16 in x 4 3/16 in (45.5 cm x 2.7 cm x 10.6 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mickelsen.
Wayne Thiebaud
Bird, from the portfolio "Recent Etchings II"
aquatint and etching on paper
23 in x 29 13/16 in (58.5 cm x 75.7 cm);26 1/16 in x 32 1/16 in (66.2 cm x 81.5 cm);23 in x 29 13/16 in (58.5 cm x 75.7 cm);9 15/16 in x 12 3/8 in (25.3 cm x 31.5 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern
Standing bronze figure with recto/verso. The silhouette of the body is rectangular in shape. The heads on both side are simply rendered with rounded eyes and a pursed -lip mouth on one, a button nose on the other; bodies are supported by short legs; sides loosely suggest representations of male and female anatomy with side-by-side scallop shells suggesting a breasted chest on one side, an upward facing frog/toad in the phallus area on the reverse side.
Max Ernst
Janus Bird (Oiseau Janus)
16 15/16 in x 8 ⅞ in x 8 ⅜ in (43.02 cm x 22.54 cm x 21.27 cm);16 15/16 in x 8 ⅞ in x 8 ⅜ in (43.02 cm x 22.54 cm x 21.27 cm)
Gift of Al and Margaret Coudron
Carved wood headdress in the form of a bird's head and neck. The beak is open and the head is covered with leather, some of which is red. There is also string wrapped around the head of the bird. The crest above the beak is covered with red seeds, possibly abrus seeds. The long, curved neck is attached to a flat disc, through which leather straps have been inserted. The strap at the bottom of the neck is also attached to the back of the bird's head as well. 

Hunter's Bird Decoy Headdress
wood, abrus seeds, leather and string
14 in x 2 3/8 in x 12 5/8 in (35.5 cm x 6 cm x 32 cm)
Gift of Dale E. Rice


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86 Collection Object Sources

Bird Nest & Eggs (2013/2.109)
Canada Warbler (1955/1.127)
Bird Mask (2000/1.35)
Beaded Coronet (1997/1.345)
Birds in a Tree (1976/2.103)
Cockfight (1958/1.105)
Bar on the Beach (2013/2.349)
Boy and Chicken (1981/2.31)
The Poultry Man (1983/2.164)
Birds at Home (2013/2.103)
Hiroshima Series (1997/1.533.3)
Pigeon Coop (2013/2.351)
Standing Hornbill (1986/2.145)
Hiroshima Series (1997/1.533.6)
An Incident (1943.122)
Tisza-Szalka (1985/1.125.2)
You will not escape (2008/1.152.72)
Proverbios (2008/1.153.5)
Proverbios (2008/1.153.13)
The Airplane (1999/1.80)
Birdland (1999/1.78)
Simple Offering (2018/2.138)

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