SOLD Saint George and the Dragon, Wooden Carving, Polychrome, 27 x 22 Centimetres Circa 1890
SOLD Saint George and the Dragon, Wooden Carving, Polychrome, 27 x 22 Centimetres Circa 1890
SOLD Saint George and the Dragon, Wooden Carving, Polychrome, 27 x 22 Centimetres Circa 1890
SOLD Saint George and the Dragon, Wooden Carving, Polychrome, 27 x 22 Centimetres Circa 1890

SOLD Saint George and the Dragon, Wooden Carving, Polychrome, 27 x 22 Centimetres Circa 1890

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St George and the Dragon, Wooden Carving, Polychrome, 27 x 22 Centimetres Circa 1890

This is a replica of an original medieval wooden carving and is beautifully done with vibrant polychrome paint and is in excellent condition.

It is in the shape of a shield and has three small holes to right, left and at the bottom where it was previously attached to a larger panel in a church.

This wonderful relief carving is done in solid oak.

The legend of Saint George and the Dragon tells of Saint George (died 303) taming and slaying a dragon that demanded human sacrifices. The story goes that the dragon originally exhorted tribute from the villagers. When they ran out of livestock and trinkets for the dragon, they started giving up a human tribute once a year. This was acceptable to the villagers until a well-loved princess was chosen as the next offering.

The saint thereupon rescues the princess chosen as the next offering. The narrative was first set in Cappadocia in the earliest sources of the 11th and 12th centuries, but transferred to Libya in the 13th-century Golden Legend.