Winged Dragon Chimera
On View: Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor
This fierce and fantastic creature, sitting on his haunches and clutching a shield, seems to be a cross between two mythical monsters: a griffin (with an eagle's head and wings and the body of a lion) combined with a dragon. This lively sculpture came from the facade of a building that formerly stood in the financial district in Lower Manhattan.
63 1/2 x 26 x 28 in. (161.3 x 66 x 71.1 cm) (show scale)
Gift of G.C. O'Brien, Inc. in memory of G.C. O'Brien
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Unknown (American). Winged Dragon Chimera, ca. 1900. Limestone, 63 1/2 x 26 x 28 in. (161.3 x 66 x 71.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of G.C. O'Brien, Inc. in memory of G.C. O'Brien, 74.168. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Image courtesy of F Stop Fitzgerald, 74.168.jpg)
overall, 74.168.jpg. Image courtesy of F Stop Fitzgerald
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This carved limestone winged dragon, standing behind a shield, was salvaged from a building at the northeast corner of Liberty and William streets, in Lower Manhattan, in 1974. The unusual dragon chimera was located on the corner of the building, several stories up. The museum was alerted to the demolition of the building, and the salvage opportunity, by a Brooklyn resident.
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