Ceiling tile mould-made with a crane (or stork) in its vigilance
Seville, c. 1550
29.2cm (height); 13.4cm (width)
The crane (or stork) holding a stone in one leg (which would fall if it went to sleep) is a traditional emblem of wakeful vigilance.
Bibliography: cf Ray 2000, no. 895.
Presented by Dr Anthony Ray, 1994. WA1994.45.4