"Paradesia Apoda---The Legless" original woodcut


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This large square woodcut is about collectors in the late 19th century sent skins of the Greater Bird of Paradise to Europe and the prepared them in the fields of Aru Island without wings or feet.

The species was named Paradisaea apoda, or "legless bird of paradise", because people believed they were missing those key body parts. The birds were thought to be rather mythical creatures, floating in the atmosphere by their plumage, females laying eggs on the males back and living their lives in the sky.

color-reduction woodcut
image size 24” x 24.5”


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