Dragon's Head

Dragon's Head


Walrus ivory

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

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


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
MED - Romanesque
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Walrus ivory

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