Drawing of a bird


Description of Drawing (English): bird
Findspot: Smyrna, Basilica (Agora.1)
Drawing Category: Animals
Writing Style: charcoal
  • Graffito Height: 35
  • Graffito Length: 30
Bibliography: Bagnall, R. S. et al., Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna (2016): 310.
Commentary: Dipinto of a bird, located in the lower right quadrant of the back wall of Bay 25. The bird, possibly a dove, is drawn in thick black lines in profile, turned toward the right. It has a pointed beak, short crown, and a long and sinuous neck. The right, leaf-shaped wing is prominently displayed and constitutes the lower outline of the figure. A line runs at its center, schematically suggesting the feathers’ orientation. The tail feathers are barely indicated by two thicker lines. The bird has a very elongated and thin thigh, which terminates in a large triangle-shaped claw.
Suggested Citation: AGP-SMYD00299, The Ancient Graffiti Project, <http://ancientgraffiti.org/Graffiti/graffito/AGP-SMYD00299> [accessed: 16 Apr 2024]

Editor: Roger S. Bagnall

Principal Contributor: Roger S. Bagnall

Last Revision: 2016-10-03