Thursday, 14 March 2013

Museum Sketchbook # 5: Moa Legbone

Hancock: Moa Legbone 
(Compressed charcoal and coloured Conte in A4 sketchbook)

The moa were giant flightless birds in New Zealand and are generally believed to have died out due to over-hunting by Maoris. All that remain are bones like this which hint at what impressively massive birds they must have been.

I really liked the way the bones stood (literally!) in silhouette against the light from the cases in the background.

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