18th century Copper and Brass Weathercock or Weathervane
Date: 18th Century
PRICE: $ 2900
Dimensions: H 74cm W 97cm D 11cm
A rare Folk Art three-dimensional bodied church weather vane of molded and hammered copper and brass
This large weathervane shows beautiful weathered verdigris surface and traces of gilding.
Around 850 Pope Leo IV had a cock placed on the Old St. Peter's Basilica (Vatican City). The cock (or rooster) was said to be the most suitable emblem of Christianity because of a reference to Luke 22:34 (Bible) in which Jesus predicts that Peter will deny him three times before the rooster crows.
Being the symbol of St Peter the cock gradually began to be used as a weather vane on church steeples, and in the 9th century Pope Nicholas ordered the figure to be placed on every church steeple.
This one is 'only' about 300 years old, but still a beautiful decorative piece with quite some age and history.
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