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Unknown artist, Bone cockerel

Look closely at this cockerel. What do you think it is made from? It looks like it could be made from shells, or pieces of card, but it is actually made from bones. It was made by French prisoners of war, who spent their time carefully putting together pieces of intricately shaped bone.

How long do you think it took the prisoners to make the cockerel? How many feathers do you think have been used? It looks like the cockerel has his eye on something – what do you think he’s watching?

Bone Cockerel Vivacity Culture and Leisure Peterborough Museum

Anon. Bone Cockerel Vivacity Culture and Leisure – Peterborough Museum

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4 stories about “Unknown artist, Bone cockerel”

  1. Rosalind Johnson, age 10, from England

    There was a silly cockerel called Bryan. One day he heard two fellow chickens tallking about where the most tastiest root on the farm. One of them said “The tastiest root would be the roots from the oldest pine tree on the farm but beware these are the rats.”
    Bryan set off immediatly to the old pine and started digging furiously. Five rats instantly leapt out and asked” What are you doing?”
    “Digging for food.” Bryan replied.
    ” Things will change you if you eat the food under this tree.” whispered one rat.
    ” Your tallking rubbish.” he said.
    The rats left after this
    Soon after many long hours Bryan found a root and gobbled it up quickly. This made him very full and he went to sleep. Next the rats jumped out of there home and examined Bryan.
    One of then gasped ” He is made of wood”
    The one who spoke earlier exclaimed ” We warned him but he did not listen these are the consequnses of eating the oldest pine tree root on this farm.!”

  2. carly, age 7, from de

    friday 4th of jliy

    There was a silly cockerel called Bryan. One day he heard two fellow chickens tallking about where the most tastiest root on the farm. One of them said “The tastiest root would be the roots from the oldest pine tree on the farm but beware these are the rats.”
    Bryan set off immediatly to the old pine and started digging furiously. Five rats instantly leap out and asked” What are you doing?”
    “Digging for food.” Bryan replied.
    ” Things will change you if you eat the food under this tree.” whispered one rat.
    ” Your tallking rubbish.” he said.
    The rats left after this
    Soon after many long hours Bryan found a root and gobbled it up quickly. This made him very full and he went to sleep. Next the rats jumped out of there home and examined Bryan.
    One of then gasped ” He is made of wood”
    The one who spoke earlier exclaimed ” We warned him but he did not listen these are the consequnses of eating the oldest pine tree root on this farm.!”

  3. Poppy Porter-Mascull, age 7, from England

    Once upon a time there was an unknown artist in France. He lived in 1872 and loved to draw farm animals with special paints. The paints went blurry when he dabbed his paint brush onto the plain piece of paper.

    Nine days later he walked to a bakery to buy some delicious white bread. On his way there he met an old cockerel who was looking for some food. So the artist thought about it and hurried straight to the bakery for some bread for the old cockerel.

    Finally he bought his bread and gave some of it to the cockerel. He was delighted to see that the man had offered him some tasty bread. The rest was ate by the artist for his lunch. The next hour had went by and he had finished a picture of the cockerel.

  4. Laura Weaver, age 19, from England

    Soilders Came to Visit for to see Picutre of Spooky Castle