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An old label to the reverse inscribed ‘Purple Gallinule N Vejer S. Spain January 5th 1911’
Early 20th Century
Size: 39cm high, 56cm wide, 20cm deep – 15¼ ins high, 22 ins wide, 8 ins deep
According to Pliny, the Romans kept purple swamphens such as this example as decorative pets at their large country villas. They were regarded as noble birds and so were one of the very few birds not eaten by them.