In Western art, dragons are symbols representing wealth, strength, cleverness, and enormity. The dragon is used as a crest symbol in England to represent a specific lineage, and there is a history to its use.
The famous dragon in “Saint George and the Dragon” was real, but no serpent. It was a crocodile that was imported by royal command, but soon after its arrival to its new home, it escaped from his captor’s moat during a flooding season. Its voracious appetite began scaring the simple villagers, who had never before seen a reptile so large. Knights in heavy armor, one after another, were ordered to kill the croc. Unfortunately, they usually became mired or drowned in the croc’s wet environment as a consequence of their weighty armor in the stream. George was the only man willing to fight without armor and with the aid of a small blade. While onlookers scoffed, he entered the water to face the croc. George wrestled and killed the local monster and became a hero.
The artwork above is symbolic portrayal of abstract monetary systems and human monetary values.
Charity Goodwin, Artist
A dragon in his cavern deep,
Has hidden treasure in his keep.
Golden coins bed gilded scale,
Serpent head and serpent tail.
The beast of molten fire within
Awakens in his august den.
His nest of treasured coins of gold,
Invaded by ones moist and cold.
Their natures varied vastly so,
Frogs so small they barely show.
Hot meets cold, and dry meets wet.
How different can the creatures get?
Greenbacks replace the gold so fine,
For which the dragon’s heart does pine.
Original symbolic poetry created by Charity Goodwin, Artist