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Roman dragon head

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Roman dragon head
Roman dragon head | Photo: © Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz

Roman dragon head, made of bronze. The object dates back to the 2nd-3rd century CE; discovered in Niederbieber (Germany). The artifact decorated the banner of the Roman cavalry and was carried by a draconarius.

The wind blew through the dragon’s brown mouth and flapped its fabric tail in the style of today’s airport sleeve. It is believed that in order to impress enemies, a whistle was placed in the dragon’s neck to make an intimidating sound while galloping.

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