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A pair of carved ivory roundels, one depicting a portrait of a young boy in armour, the other depicting St. George fighting the dragon. Presented in modern rust velvet frames.
St. George (c. 275/281 – 303 AD) was a soldier in the Roman army, who was martyred for his faith. He is best known for facing and defeating a monstrous dragon - a legend which is often interpreted as an allegory of the triumph of Christianity over the Devil. Although this iconic story is well established in the European artistic and literary tradition, it is in fact of Eastern origin, and only reached Europe following the crusades. Indeed, St. George was born in modern day Palestine, and he also features prominently in the Eastern Orthodox Church. This far-reaching appeal has made him a popular patron saint, and not only England but also Georgia, Ethiopia, Portugal, Brazil, Palestine, Malta and Montenegro have claimed his national patronage.