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Posted on wrz. 30, 2019 | 0 comments

SILVER FOWLER

SILVER FOWLER

The most precious jewel of the Brotherhood is the Silver Fowler.

“It is a high-class masterpiece of craft. A stately bird made of silver gazes with a mysterious ruby flash of precious stones embedded in its eyes. The rooster’s gaze holds many secrets: both the name of its creator and its founder. The mysterious aura created around the silver bird triggered imagination and contributed to the creation of a vibrant legend passed on for centuries.

This outstanding work of craft was made at the turn of 1564 and 1565 by an unknown, probably Krakow-based, goldsmith. Its maker, undoubtedly a talented artist, made the magnificent bird with a height standing 41.5 cm tall and weighing 3.6 kg. With a crown on its head, it resembles an eagle than a cock that it really originates from. The Silver Fowler is the most prized possession of the Fowler Brotherhood, which it received in 1565. The Rooster’s handover to the Shooting Society is associated with a legend, saying that the Polish King Zygmunt August himself gave the silver bird to the Brothers. This alleged event was even immortalized in a 19th-century painting by Władysław Łuszczkiewicz. However, the facts are different. It was Krakow city authorities who gave funds to make the bird’s image. The silver fowler is not only a symbol of the organization, but also the passing insignia of power for the next Fowler King.” – by Museum of Krakow

 

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