Item No: frk00585
Title: Drawing (Pelican in its Piety)
Laid paper; watercolor
Rare Book Department
Hand-drawn; hand-colored. In the center of the document is a bird that is piercing its own breast with its beak. Three smaller birds on a pedestal-like nest are reaching up to feed on the blood that is sprouting from the wound. The item is framed by a decorative border.
See FLP 584 for a related example.
Henry S. Borneman
Michael S. Bird, O Noble Heart, O Edel Herz: Fraktur and Spirituality in Pennsylvania German Folk Art (Lancaster: Heritage Center Museum, 2002), pp. 91-92.
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Anonymous - Decorator