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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”

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001

Date

ca. 1976

Medium

Paint on fiberglass

Accession #

1994.216.1

Dimensions

8 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407

Description

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).

Credit

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