Ad Crucem - Pelican in Her Piety Ornament
In Medieval bestiaries, the Pelican was often pictured piercing her own breast to feed her chicks with her own blood. The ancients believed that, in times of scarcity, a pelican would feed its own flesh to its young, in order to sustain them.
The church adopted this imagery (referencing Psalm 102:6) and applied it to Christ, who nurtures and protects His people with His own Body and Blood. The Pelican in Her Piety is a common motif of the church.
This ornament is from a traditional image designed in house by Ad Crucem to look like stained glass, it is printed on both sides. The image may also be purchased as a poster.