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Relief - St. George and the Dragon

St. George and the Dragon

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (Southern, made)

  • Date:

    1460-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mother-of-pearl, in gilt mount

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr T. Whitcombe Green

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 2, shelf 2

Mother-of-pearl, jet coral and amber were selected by craftsmen for their beauty, durability and rarity. These materials often occurred in a particular geographical region. Coral for example was prevalent in Sicily and amber along the Baltic coast. Many of the religious items were portable, as were the small portraits. They were often made locally and then taken elsewhere. Pilgrims from all over Europe bought the jet images made in Santiago de Compostela.

Physical description

St. George's horse is proceeding to the left, trampling upon the dragon, the Saint leans forward, his head bare, and brandishes a colossal sword in his right hand. The relief is convex, the work nearly in the round, the background has been cut away in the centre leaving a ring of shell.

Place of Origin

Germany (Southern, made)


1460-1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Mother-of-pearl, in gilt mount


Diameter: 4 cm excluding wooden frame

Descriptive line

St George and the dragon, mother of pearl medallion, South German, late 15th century

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

Cf. Bange, E. F. ed. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums. Zweitter Band. Die Bildwerke in Bronze und in Anderen Metallen. Berlin and Leipzig, 1923. no. 1522.
Königliche Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. 4. Die deutschen Bildwerke und die der anderen cisalpinen Länder. Berlin : Reimer, 1910. no. 938.


Mother of pearl



Subjects depicted



Christianity; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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