thorbiorn said:Indeed, because in the post there was this:
Quote from: _http://www.perunica.ru/vedi/579-pticy-v-slavyanskoj-mifologii.html
A bird in the Slavic mythology occupies a special and very important place. The Supreme deity of the Race – the beginning of all beginnings, in his earthly incarnation, took the image of a gray duck, which was his symbol and carrier of his power. This duck laid two eggs – Yav and NAV – the embodiment of good and evil, life and death... passed down from the depths of time the images of birds are very diverse, due to vast territories inhabited by Slavic peoples.
Good catch! I didn't have this quote in mind, was just looking for "Etruscan bird" in Google and found these images. There might indeed be a connection though the question is how widespread the symbology of duck/female in other cultures is. It might be just a coincidence, though.
thorbiorn said:The winged image on the ceramic sculpture of the duck resembles an angle, which certainly then did not arrive with the introduction of Christianity; rather it seems that previously perceived or imagined winged beings, became categorized as angles? Or is the winged being rather a symbol or description of a free or freed soul?
We can only speculate but here is what the website says where I took these images:
In addition to a richly embellished pattern of stylized wing and body feathers, the painted decoration at each side of these duck-askoi of the Clusium Group frequently shows a Lasa, a winged female divinity and companion of Turan (Aphrodite), who generally carries an alabastron (perfume vase) and its dipstick, or a long fillet (Fig. 1); or, more rarely, the same theme in appliqué; or a profile head— more often female than male (Fig. 2). Some duck askoi bear no figural theme nor profile head.