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Parrot, c. A.D. 400


In Early Christian churches, mosaics with bird and animal motifs set in geometric borders were commonly used as pavement decoration and often carried symbolic meaning. This image of a parrot may symbolize the virginal motherhood of Mary; in antiquity, the parrot was considered a miracle of nature because of his ability to imitate and reproduce human speech.



(Elie Borowski [1913-2003], Basel, Switzerland);

purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1972.

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