|French Black Copper Maran Rooster (sporting a glorious coxcomb), oil on canvas panel, 8" x 8"|
A rooster is often characterized by his coxcomb: the fleshy crest found on the heads of many gallinaceous (you know, the order consisting largely of domestic fowl) birds. A variant meaning of coxcomb especially in Shakespeare and earlier literature is a loud, vain, and self-important man.
My favourite reference has to be from Henry V:
If the enemy is an ass and a fool and a prating
coxcomb, is it meet, think you, that we should also,
look you, be an ass and a fool and a prating
--Captain Fluellen to Gower in Act IV scene I
|Silver-laced Wyandotte Rooster, oil on panel, 8" x 8"|
Apologies to the celebrants of the Lunar New Year and roosters everywhere.