"The – curiously draped – elongated figures with the birds' beaks I had taken from the illustrations to Philippson's edition of the Bible"

    German Rabbi and scholar Ludwig Philippson (1811-1889) spent over a decade producing a comprehensively annotated German translation of the Hebrew Bible.  The illustrations included reproductions of images from Egyptian myth – the gods Horus and Thoth are both commonly depicted with the heads of birds.