Encounter with Aepyornis maximus
A Madagasy man of the Bara type faces a bird which extinction is caused by his species: elephant birds, also known as vorompatras, belong to the biggest birds of Earth history and lived probably until the 17th century. Anyway this bird has an importance for the natives until today: the shells of the big eggs are collected and sold to tourists. The aborigine has a gusset hairstyle, which was still a distinctive feature between the different clans of Madagascar a hundred years ago. The hair gussets were often covered in a layer of wax.
Coloured pencil, 2016/17
59,5 x 42 cm
MoVo – Moderne Vogelbilder, 2017, Heineanum Halberstadt