M987.216 | Sculpture

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Anonyme - Anonymous
1875-1900, 19th century
Wood: pine
122 x 28 cm
Gift of M. Maurice Lemay
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Weathervane (8)
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This chanticleer is said to come from the convent at Saint-Nérée de Bellechase, Quebec, where it was placed on top of the sounding board of the pulpit. The rooster has been a Christian symbol for centuries, representing St. Peter's denial of Christ, and was frequently found in Quebec churches and particularly on church weathervanes. The coq gaulois, employed in France as a symbol of the early French monarchy, was also recognized as such in early 19th-century Quebec.