This is the challenge photo this week supplied by © A Mixed Bag.
He stood above the threshold gates guarding entry and had been for centuries.
No-one knew who was responsible for such an intricate statue, there was no mark, no record of the artist, nothing in the archives.
It was just……………. there.
Of course people liked to speculate, but the common theme was always his guardianship, and legend had it that should he no longer be there, misfortune would fall on the village.
Being a superstitious lot steeped in ancient customs and traditions, none wanted to test that theory and so he remained in situ, forever alert.
There had almost been a revolt when archeologists wanted to take it away to study.
If they had, they may have found that it had once been real.
They would have discovered evidence to suggest that the bird had simply spread its wings to dry and been ‘frozen’ forever in time.
That would not have been the most interesting factor though.
Even the top scientists would be flummoxed as they pondered the question: