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Peacock weather vane

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Perched delicately on a round ball, this striking peacock weather vane formed a strong sculptural silhouette against the sky. Its head, featuring a pierced eye and pointed beak, is topped by a stylized tripartite comb. The long curving neck descends gracefully to the body, where the thin legs...

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Found in the "vicinity of Vermont" by the New York folk art dealer Edith Halpert of The Downtown Gallery between 1929 and 1953; purchased and given to the Museum by Maxim Karolik in 1954.

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik

about 1860–75

Object Place for Label

Eastern United States


Overall: 50.2 x 85.7 cm (19 3/4 x 33 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Copper; painted gold; iron rod