Here be Dragons - Monday, 23 January 2012

The Royal Armouries today welcomed the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Dragon on Monday by highlighting many fine examples of the mythical beasts in its galleries at the White Tower, Tower of London.

The Year of the Dragon is the mightiest sign in the Chinese zodiac equivalent – representing power and might – and dragons are also well represented in British history, and not only through St George.

Perhaps the most impressive of the White Tower dragons is a new addition – created last year – that welcomes visitors to the Power House display on the top floor.

Standing 3m high, this fabulous “bejewelled” beast greets visitors with a dragon-like roar, as they pass by its far side. The dragon is formed from objects representing elements of all The Tower’s great institutions – from weapons of the Ordinance to coins from the Mint. Fake jewels are used to depict his eyes and chains representing the Prison make up his tail.

Other highlights include:

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