EAGLE SHAPED MONUMENTAL READING STAND
sculpted, carved and painted wood, metal, traces of polychrome decoration
This type of zoomorphic reading stand was very diffused in the French-speaking Flemish area since the Fourteenth century. The haughty position of the bird is underscored by the outstretched wings, that carry the shaped metal shelf in order to support the book.
Flanders, 17th century