Sea serpent roof ornament, Lyttleton Street, East Launceston, Tasmania


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Sea serpent roof ornament, Lyttleton Street, East Launceston, Tasmania


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One of three photographs of domestic roof-top adornments in Lyttleton Street, East Launceston. The ornament on this roof creates a sea serpent effect, with its body coiling along the roof line and its head raised to look over the roof. Also known as a sea dragon, sea serpents, while appearing in classical literature, are particularly prevalent in Scandinavian culture. In Norse (Viking) mythology, the Midgard or World Sea Serpent, Jörmungandr, lives in the ocean that surrounds the world and is so large that it can encircle the world and grasp its own tail. A number of stone carvings exist in Scandinavia and northern England from the early medieval period showing the god Thor fishing for Jörmungandr.


Dorey, Margaret


2 December 2011


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