Throughout ancient art and across cultures, birds are a common motif. In Ancient Egyptian mythology and culture, Horus in the shape of a falcon may represent the solar and masculine sky and therefore tutelary associations with the bird. In contrast, other deities, such as the malevolent Mesopotamian Anzû, display bird like features as an expression of predatory power. Birds could also be employed as decorative motifs and particularly when shown in flight they may carry sentiments of aspiration or divine assent.

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