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Image: Cloister Roof Boss: Pelican-in-Her-Piety

Cloister Roof Boss: Pelican-in-Her-Piety

The Pelican-in-Her-Piety, a popular medieval symbol. A mother pelican wounds her chest to feed her young with her blood (according to legend), representing Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Roof boss in the cloister, 14th century. Norwich Cathedral, England.

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