Faberge Exhibition - Mythical birds and scrolling acanthus foliage decorate this two-color gold cigarette-case in the Renaissance taste, the pink matte gold body chased with yellow gold cartouche with a cabochon sapphire pushpiece. Signed with Imperial Warrant mark, initials of workmaster Oskar Pihl c1850s.
The peryton is a fictional animal combining the physical features of a stag and a bird. The Peryton was created and described by Jorge Luis Borges in his Book of Imaginary Beings, using a supposedly long-lost medieval manuscript as a source. G.River
Dan, Ivory Coast, Liberia: A large beaked mask of the Dan-Mau. The hornbill plays a central rôle in the foundation myths of the Dan. Whereas the northern Dan groups (Kono, Kpelle, Mano etc.) represent this mythical bird in their 'gägon' mask type (with beak, black beard, and textile hat with feathers), the Dan-Mau sub group has developed a different type with long beak (known as 'Koma-ba', without beard!) which guards against witchcraft.