Winged Dragon (one of five medallions from a coffret)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

The blue and green beasts, locked in battle and compressed into these circular medallions, are emblematic of goldsmiths’ work created at Conques under the patronage of Abbot Boniface (r. 1107–after 1121). On a similar box still at Conques, an inscription proudly proclaims: “In all respects, the coffrets of Conques demonstrate brilliant workmanship.”

Winged Dragon (one of five medallions from a coffret), Copper-gilt, champlevé enamel, French

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