Vault Boss with St. Margaret of Antioch

Tadeusz Stulgiński (1911-1994)

Wawel Royal Castle

Wawel Royal Castle
Kraków, Poland

The original boss carved in limestone is in the central vault of St. Margaret’s chapel in the Wawel Cathedral. The cast includes the circular boss and fragments of four ribs with pear-shaped cross sections. On the boss, St. Margaret of Antioch is shown holding a cross in her right hand and emerging through the spine of the dragon. Two grape leaves enrich the composition; the dragon’s tail encircles a monk’s head (?).


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