Jun 30, 2008

Warrior Fighting a Dragon

Warrior Fighting a Dragon

c. 1170–1180

Gilded copper, champlevé enamel

Diameter: 6.5 x 0.3 cm (2 9/16 x 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.546

Description

This gilded copper medallion features an enameled representation of a youthful warrior fighting a winged dragon. As no inscription accompanies the scene, the young hero’s identity remains unknown. It may depict the Arthurian hero Tristan fighting the dragon of Ireland--an epic poem titled Tristan gained popularity at the Plantagenet court of Henry II in England shortly before the medallion was created.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Romanesque
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Enamel

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