The Gloucester Candlestick is decorated with a menagerie of real and fantastic creatures. Winged dragons support the drip pan, apes clamber along the stem and hybrid animals bite, grab and pull for position among foliage and flowers along the base.
The Latin inscription reads, ‘Burden of light, work of virtue, brilliantly shining teaching preaches so that Man may not be darkened by sin.’
Hidden in the shadows beneath the drip pan, this hybrid creature is half-formed, with only one eye.
The ape-like creature silences a dragon by plunging a sword down its throat.
The human figure silences the winged creature to his left, clamping its jaws with his hand, while the claws of the creature grasp at his ankle.
Detail of the candlestick’s foot, where a dragon bites down upon a wriggling snake.
A winged dragon reaches to whisper in the ear of a half-man half-bird, who tilts his ear to listen.