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An ‘Ethiopian dragon’

Date

1640

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

Object type

Library reference

24768

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 210mm
width (print): 340mm

Subject

Description

Plate showing the ‘Draco Aethiopicus’ (Ethiopian dragon).

From the book Serpentum et draconum historiae [Natural History of Snakes and Dragons] by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1640).

Object history

Ulisse Aldrovandi, or Aldrovandus (1522-1605) was an Italian naturalist and specimen collector, whose ‘cabinet of curiosities’ was one of the most impressive examples of this type of early museum collection. In the Serpentum et draconum historiae, published posthumously, Aldrovandi combined detailed descriptions of real snakes with more fanciful accounts of creatures related to him by merchants and travellers

Associated place

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