The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Dragon Giving the Sceptor of Power to the Beast from the Sea

Object Details

Title:

The Dragon Giving the Sceptor of Power to the Beast from the Sea

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

English

Place:

London (probably), England (Place Created)

Date:

about 1255–1260

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig III 1 (83.MC.72), fol. 23v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 31.9 × 22.5 cm (12 9/16 × 8 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

The beast like a leopard meets the seven-headed red dragon who had appeared earlier in Saint John's vision. According to the text, the dragon "gave power to the beast" and together they received the adoration of all the earth. The illuminator depicted the scene literally, with the dragon handing the beast a scepter, a symbol of authority. The people of the earth pay homage to them from either side.