Saturday, April 13, 2019

Sheep in our world

This marvelous marble Ram's head is from the 2nd century AD, Roman, now in Chicago at the Art Institute.  Notice the hand above!  (The hand probably belonged to the man about to perform a sacrifice to the god Mars.)

An astonishingly fine book:  Eating Stone; Imagination and the Loss of the Wild by Ellen Meloy.  It's about bighorn sheep,"'wilderness' holdouts" since the late Pleistocene, now living in small enclaves of wild country in the American Southwest and Mexico, on the verge of extinction, again.  Do we intervene? If so, how? Who are these sheep?  We see them through Meloy's deft telling.  She tells us that to see them was a blessing.  The book is a gift.

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