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Ceiling tile mould-made with a crane (or stork) in its vigilance

Seville, c. 1550

29.2cm (height); 13.4cm (width)

tin-glazed earthenware

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