Marble relief depicting a wyvern
Lombardy, around 1380
43,5 x 32 x 9 cm
A wyvern is a legendary bipedal dragon with a snake body and bat wings which was quite commonly used in Italian heraldry, especially in Milan where it could have different meaning.
In this relief the wyvern is depicted raised from the ground, with open wings and a human face which indicated a noble family on the rise and therefore the subversion of the existing political power.
The relief dates from the second half of the 14th century and it was probably placed in the façade of a Lombard noble palace as a testimony of the political power recently acquired by the family (in opposition with the bear or the lion which indicated a stable power).
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