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Donkey Weathervane – Standing

Standing Donkey Weather Vane


This is a medium sized Standing Donkey Weather Vane, Equus africanus asinus, with an optional gold leafed mane, tail, belly patch, Jerusalem cross and eye ring. We used brown glass eyes with black pupils to give the donkey an animated and lifelike appearance.

This Standing Donkey Weathervane looks nice with the optional gilding as it has such distinctive markings, but it can be made entirely in copper if you prefer. The markings on its back are known as a Jerusalem Cross in honor of his historic association with both Mary and Jesus. This is a popular design and we have representatives in Hawaii, Georgia, Pennsylvania and California.

The donkey represented here stands on a simple horizontal copper tube. Other options include adding grasses for a pastoral effect, or one of a variety of different arrows available here at West Coast Weather Vanes. If interested, please contact us for details.

Asses were first domesticated around 3000 BC, or 4000 BC, probably in Egypt or Mesopotamia, and have spread around the world. They continue to fill important roles in many places today. While domesticated species are increasing in numbers, the African wild ass and another relative, the Onager, are endangered. As beasts of burden and companions, asses and donkeys have worked together with humans for millennia.

The donkey is also famous as the national symbol for the United States Democratic Party. To give equal billing, the Elephant is the national symbol for the United States Republican Party. If you are feeling particularly patriotic a wonderful pairing of weathervanes would be the American Flag weathervane in conjunction with either the Elephant weathervane or the Donkey Weathervane!