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Birds attacking an owl resting upon a staff held by a naked woman; representing patience. Etching by C. Murer after himself, c. 1600-1614.

  • Murer, Christoph, 1558-1614.
Date
1622
Reference
26699i
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Description

The allegory is explained by Vignau-Wilberg (ibid., p. 104-5). The owl, displayed in daylight, lures the birds to attack it as a enemy predator. Thus the hunter can trap the deceived birds. The birds "gehen auf den Leim" - fall into the trap - a pun on the "Leimrute" upon which the owl rests

Publication/Creation

Zurich : Johann Rudolf Wolf, 1622.

Physical description

1 print : etching.

Lettering

Patientia

References note

For detailed information on Murer's series, see: Thea Vignau-Wilberg, 'Christoph Murer und die "XL. Emblemata miscella nova"' (Bern : Benteli Verlag, 1982)

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 26699i

Languages

  • Latin


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