Digenis Akritas slays the Dragon with five arrows
Sgrafito Plate. 12th century. P 8623.
More explicit is a song describing how Digenis slew a dragon by means of five arrows.
Here the artist, or potter, has taken pains to make the scene unmistakable by clearly indicating the five arrows in the neck.
In the warrior’s left hand may be discerned the ‘damascene sword’ with which the coup de grace was given, according to the same song.
Other Digenis Akritas plates:
Digenis Akritas fights the Dragon
Digenis Akritas saves a princess abandoned in the desert
Digenis Akritas Fights a Beast, Byzantine Sgrafito Plate. 12th century
Other 12th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers