Chickadee Nest (Cacique) by Nader G. Vakili

Chickadee Nest (Cacique)

Honduran Mahogany, oil palm seeds from Honduras, chicken feathers; metal base
91.25"H x 16" square

This is one of a set of four standing, as opposed to hanging, bird's nests: Chickadee, Robin, Wren, and Dove. Before carving this piece, I began to visualize the Mayan paintings on pots and vases. The Chickadee defends his nest diligently against the English Sparrow - hence, the warrior Mayan head. The nostrils serve as air circulators for the nest's chamber.