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Machin, Liz

Murder, myth and magic.

[Place of publication not identified] : Liz Machin, 2013.
Physical Description:
[2] folded sheets : illustrations ; 30 x 41 cm, folded to 15 x 11 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.M324 M87 2013 Flat
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Two folded sheets each with a separate title: An unkindness of ravens, and A murder of crows. Each sheet is folded and inserted into one of two pockets of a contemporary cloth portfolio.
Title from laid in informational sheet.
Limited edition of 10 copies.
BAC: British Art Center copy is no. 3 of 10, signed, dated, and numbered by the artist in graphite.
"Murder, myth and magic. In western culture birds belonging to the corvid family, particularly crows and ravens have negative associations in society. Throughout history sightings of these birds were feared and viewed with superstition, perceived as a bad omen, foretelling disaster, death or battle lost. They are birds of high places, of mountain and treetop. They exist on the margins and in-between places. In folklore, they are said to traverse the land between that of the living and of the dead. Their black plumage, the negative of white, intensifies the sense of menace and foreboding associated with these birds. Supposed cohorts of witches, sorcerers and their magic, these inauspicious birds are feared, hated and demonized. A bird mythologized."--Laid in sheet.
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Crows -- Folklore.
Crows -- Pictorial works.
Ravens -- Folklore.
Ravens -- Pictorial works.
Women in natural history.
Artists' books.
Folded books.

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