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Medallion - St George and the Dragon

St George and the Dragon

  • Object:

    Medallion

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (south, made)

  • Date:

    late 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved mother of pearl relief

  • Museum number:

    1426-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The medallion is a carved mother of pearl relief depicting St George and the Dragon.
St George thrusts his spear down the throat of the dragon. To the right is the princess Cleodolinda, who kneels in prayer. Behind are rocks with three castles.

George is a legendary warrior saint and martyr. His origins lie in Greece and he became popular in the West from the 13th century. He is the patron saint of several European Cities, one of them Venice. He was also made patron of England in 1222.
To the early Christians the dragon symbolised the evil. St. George slaying the dragon thus refers to the conversion of a heathen country to Christianity. Later ages interpreted the story following the ancient Greek meaning.

Physical description

Carved mother of pearl relief depicting St George and the Dragon. St George thrusts his spear down the throat of the dragon. To the right the princess Cleodolinda kneels in prayer; behind are rocks with three castles.

Place of Origin

Germany (south, made)

Date

late 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved mother of pearl relief

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.07 cm

Object history note

Bought, £9 17s. 1d.

Descriptive line

Medallion relief, carved mother of pearl, depicting St George and the Dragon, South Germany, late 15th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1903 - 1904. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1903, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, 1907, p. 245

Materials

Mother of pearl

Techniques

Carving; Relief

Subjects depicted

Dragons

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion; Medallions

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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