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"Five for Silver"

From the fifth line of the mapgie poem (see below), this linocut represents five magpies dancing around a crescent moon. The frame is antique, once hung in my parents kitchen when I was a child. I added silverleaf to the frame, also found in the print. It pairs with "Six for Gold", which shows six magpies fluttering around the sun. This is a one of a kind.


13"x8", 16"x11" framed

linocut and silverleaf




Having broken down the magpie rhyme "One for Sorrow" into a series of ten pieces, I focus on the attribution of fate and chance to Nature. According to the superstition of the magpie poem, dating back to late-1700s Britain, the number of magpie birds seen tells if one will have bad or good fortune: 

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told
Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a bird you must not miss

Five for Silver

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