Item No: frk00586
Title: Religious Text (Pelican in its Piety)
Laid paper; watercolor; ink
geb Jesu daß [heart symbol] in freude und schm \ erz, im leben und tod, diß eine ist noth.
Give Jesus the heart in joy and pain, in life and death, this one thing is necessary.
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Hand-drawn; 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 the branch of a tree are reaching up to feed on the blood that is sprouting from the wound. A heart is in the lower left. The text in German script is below the image, beneath a border. The item is framed by a decorative border.
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; published as fig. 83.
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