Above right, Carrick's carved 'Pelican Panel and lettering' over the door of The Little Sisters of the Poor, Edinburgh.


The Pelican is a traditional symbol of attonement and self sacrifice in religious iconography as the bird is portrayed plucking its own breast for blood to feed its young.  The image on the lower left is a good example of the conventional portrayal of the bird and on the right it can be clearly seen that Carrick has echoed the image in the letters of the monogram above the door.  


Special thanks to Adam Brown for spotting this one.  Photographs supplied and reproduced by kind permission of Adam Brown



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