The Boppard Room: Lectern in the form of an Eagle
Lectern in the form of an Eagle
Southern Lowlands, Limburg, Maastricht, about 1500
From the church of Saint Peter at Louvain
Attributed to Aert van Tricht the Elder
Lecterns were used by the clergy to read from the scriptures or to sing the liturgy. Here, an eagle's wings support a bookrack, with a smaller rack, possibly for the use of choirboys, below. The eagle, symbol of Saint John the Evangelist, may refer to his Gospel, which begins with the praise for the Word of God. The bird's claws hold a dragon, an allusion to the Word's victory over evil. The figure attached to the structure include Christ, Saint Peter and the Virgin and Child with the Three Magi. The first Magi and Saint Barbara are nineteenth century replacements.