The Dacre Bull, carved figure

The Dacre Bull, carved figure

The Dacre Bull
Carved figure
England
1507-1525
Museum no. W.6:1 to 5-2000

This figure of a red bull holding a banner, forms part of a group which, together with a griffin, ram and dolphin, are known as the Dacre Beasts. The banner bears the medieval arms of Lord Dacre and his armorial crest, which are represented by three scallop shells. The Dacre Beasts are rare survivors of a tradition of heraldic ornament. They represent one of the most powerful families in Northern England and are unique survivors of free standing, large-scale wooden heraldic sculpture from the English Renaissance.