the soul leaves the body in the form of a bird.
Many religions have heavenly beings or spirits with wings:
angels, cherubs or seraphim for example.
Consequently the bird is a symbol of the spirit.
Birds can be mediators between gods and men,
and even act as vehicles for the gods.
Birds are seen in myths involving a Tree of Life,
and are sometimes depicted fighting
with or carrying a serpent, symbolizing the uneasy
balance between the sun (as bird) and the waters (as serpent).
And of course this comes from our own agricultural beginnings.
In most religious art the subject boils down to
the struggle between good and evil.
This piece symbolis how history handled good and evil
by the use of the mediator.
I think in the last sereval years the
appreciation of the mediator was lost.