The Welsh Dragon

In heraldry a dragon varies greatly especially in the shape of its ears, however the wings are always those of a bat. The tongue and tail can often be barbed and  breathes out fire, it is also a symbol of power, wisdom and one who has overcome an adversary. The heraldic dragon has a body covered with plates and scales and is of reptilian nature along with a row of formidable spines extending from head to tail. The fearsome creature also has a dangerous spike on his nose, a forked tongue and eagle's feet. 

You can find the dragon in some English fairy-tales and church carvings. The Celtic dragon also represents sovereignty, power or as Pendragon, the Celtic word meaning 'chief'. The Welsh dragon was used in the Royal Arms in the sixteenth century. The Red Dragon of Cadwallader is the emblem of Wales; the Red Dragon Dreadful' and it was blazed on King Arthur's helmet in battle.     

 

The Welsh Dragon  limited edition bronze

 9. 5 inches (240cm) wide x 7. 5 inches (185cm) high

   

The dragon has been depicted on the Welsh banner since at least the departure of the Roman legions and is the official emblem of Wales and was derived from the Great Red Serpent that once represented the old Welsh god Dewi. In 1901 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II also approved that 'the existing red dragon badge, which was appointed as a Royal Badge for Wales over one-hundred-and-fifty years ago, should be honourably augmented by enclosing it in a scroll carrying the words Y DDRAIG GOCH DDYRY CYCHWYN (roughly translated means the Red Dragon inspires action'.) This motto was is in green lettering on a white background and surmounting it a Royal Crown. The dragon officially became the symbol of Wales in 1959.

  

A bronze casting with a bronze patina alongside a commissioned gilded version 

 

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