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Although Lipchitz was never linked to the Surrealist group, in the early 1930s he often showed a preoccupation with the themes of metamorphosis, dislocation, and allusion to myth that were very much associated with Surrealism in this period. In this small sculpture there is no obvious narrative explanation for the bird-like head resting on the hand. However, the subject is reminiscent of myths of the classical world, which are filled with stories of humans mixing with beasts, or being turned into animals. This allusion to ancient fables is reinforced by the use here of terracotta, a medium particularly associated with earthenware and figurines of classical times.