28: Wyvern and vine roof boss
Lincoln Cathedral, choir. c.1260
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Original stone finish (28)

This wyvern, a winged dragon with only one pair of legs, has small wings, yet powerful claws. Its body becomes a vine and it is eating the grapes growing there. Wyverns are often depicted eating their own tails which is thought to symbolise eternal life. The carving style suggests that the same mason carved Nos. 27, 28, 29 and 32.

 

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