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“The Weaned Child Shall Put His Hand on the Cockatric Den”

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“The Weaned Child Shall Put His Hand on the Cockatric Den”

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Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001


ca. 1976


Paint on fiberglass

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8 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407


This sign hung in Paradise Garden near the sculpture of the same subject, providing a portion of the Bible verse that inspired it: “And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:8–9).


Purchase with funds from the Cousins Foundation, Inc., and donors to the Paradise Project Campaign