Pelican

In legend, the pelican pecks at its breast to feed its young with its own blood if food is scarce. It is a symbol of unselfish love, charity and sacrifice, and therefore of Christ who gave his own life to save humankind from sin and death.

  • Ciborium with a pelican
  • Netherlands, 1651
  • Museum no. M.124-1909
 
 

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