Architectural Ceiling Boss with Two Dragons

Two rampant dragons with open wings, wide flared tails and red-painted eyes stand facing one another with a large plant form held between them.
Artist Unknown, England
c. 1430
This architectural boss decorated with two dragons was originally placed in the crown of a ceiling vault at the point where the ribs of the vault met. The spreading forms of the dragons's wings and tails would have echoed the expansive radial pattern formed by the ribs, while the boss itself would have simultaneously emphasized the center of the vault.
Museum Purchase
1968/2.46
Tuesday, May 26, 2020