This polychromed, wooden Pelican is from Italy and dates to the late 1600’s or early 1700’s. The sculpture represents a legend of self sacrifice that is more than 2000 years old. In time of famine, the mother pelican would use her beak to pierce her breast, thus letting blood flow. Her starving hatchlings would feed on the blood and survive. This tale was later adopted by Christianity as the giving of Christ's blood for our redemption and atonement.
The sculpture has a wonderful parcel paint finish of pale blue and natural wood showing through. It stands upon a painted green base. At nearly 3 feet across, this will be a fabulous accessory anywhere in the home.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with old repairs to wings and tail feathers, chipping to paint.
H=17, L=35 3/8, D=16
Circa 1700 Carved and Polychrome Wooden Pelican Sculpture from Tuscany