Drawing (Pelican in its Piety)

Drawing (Pelican in its Piety)

Item Info

Item No: frk00585
Title: Drawing (Pelican in its Piety)
Weiser Number: 631
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor
Category: Drawing
Media Type: Drawings
Source: 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.


Provenance: 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.

Creation Place State/Province: Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1820
Image Dimensions Width: 12 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 585
Creator Name: Anonymous - Decorator

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