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Vestiges Of The Dragon In Ancient Iconographies

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The iconography of the circular dragon biting its own tail, traditionally known by its Greek name as ouroboros, was also known in the Islamic tradition. It is interesting to consider the exceptional motif of the drinking dragon which is depicted on the so-called "Dragon Cloth" section of the lining of the coronation mantle of Roger II. Vestiges of the importance of its former cultic associations can however still be gauged from the "revenge miniatures" in which the original intent of the iconography of the drinking serpent was inverted and survives in corrupted form.

Keywords: circular dragon; drinking dragon; iconography; Islamic tradition; Vestiges



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