late 15th century
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Wood with polychrome and gold
height, 28 1/2in (72.4cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frederic G. Oppenheimer
According to medieval literature, George, a legendary warrior saint, rescued a princess by engaging in battle with a hideous dragon, while terrified spectators cowered behind the castle walls. To the medieval audience, George’s slaying of the dragon symbolized the conversion of the country to Christianity.
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