MC989.119.9 | Weathervane

 
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Weathervane
19th century
Metal: iron, copper; Fibre; glass: beads
26 x 3 cm
Purchase from Mrs. Margaret deVolpi
MC989.119.9
© McCord Museum
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Weathervanes have been used since antiquity to tell wind direction. In Quebec, the most common weathervane motif has been the rooster. Other forms were nevertheless popular throughout the 19th century, including fish, domestic animals and even dragons. As a symbol of national awakening, the beaver, often paired with a maple leaf, became a favourite image. The McCord's extensive collection of weathervanes, numbering over 125, includes both folk art examples, made by local artisans, and more recent three-dimensional mass-produced vanes.