Rooster Weathervane

  • Unidentified, Rooster Weathervane, late 19th-early 20th century, carved pine and sheet copper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies, 1992.12.4

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The first known weather vane sat on top of the Tower of the Winds in Athens during the first century BC. The rooster weather vane, or weathercock, appeared a thousand years later when a papal edict announced that every church must carry the symbol of a rooster. This was to remind the faithful of Peter’s betrayal of Jesus, who said that the cock would not crow until Peter had denied him three times. In the nineteenth century, people made weather vanes showing everyday activities.

Luce Object Quote

“Wind from the east---bad for man and beast;

Wind from the south is too hot for them both;

Wind from the north is of very little worth;

Wind from the west is the softest and the best.”

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1851, quoted in Charles Klamkin, Weather Vanes, 1973

Rooster Weathervane
late 19th-early 20th century
On View
Not on view.
17 x 20 7/8 x 2 7/8 in. (43.2 x 53.0 x 7.4 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies

Mediums Description
carved pine and sheet copper
  • Animal – bird – chicken
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