Weathercock - ROM2004_950_1



Maker: Unidentified maker
Medium:Sheet iron
Geography: Quebec, Canada
Date: late 19th century
115.0 (height) x 64.5 (width) x 24.0 (depth) cm
Object number: 966.213
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Trust
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada

The most popular motif for weathervanes in Quebec was the weathercock or cockerel, no doubt because it had multiple meanings of both a religious and nationalistic nature. As a Christian symbol it referred to St. Peter’s denial of Christ and to Christ’s expected return to Earth at the end of time. It was also a symbol of France as a nation and of the French people. The weathercock was found on church steeples and wayside crosses, and on the rooftops of barns and houses.

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