Dragon's Head

Dragon's Head

1100-1150

Walrus ivory

Overall: 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Gift of Thomas P. Miller in memory of James J. Rorimer 1975.258

Description

This exceedingly rare medieval carving, which recalls the more monumental carvings on Viking ship prows, may have been a finial for a diagonal member of a folding chair. The character of the head, the stylized acanthus leaves, and the foliage-spouting mask on the neck are characteristic of north European and Anglo-Norman Romanesque styles.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Romanesque
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Ivory
Medium: 
Walrus ivory

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