Carved dragon

Carved dragon

Decorative oak figure carved in the shape of a baby dragon, from a landing post of the staircase from Morlaix, Brittany, France, 1522–30. There are two more of these dragon-like figures decorating the staircase, both composite creatures with cloven-hoofed rear legs. All three were probably to ward off evil, but also to amuse.
Museum no A.8.1909