From the Latin, "Hic Sunt Dracones"
Exotic places are home to exotic creatures. They may be monstrous or enchanting, giant or tiny. Glassmakers have long been interested in such imagery. Thanks to their imagination we can wonder at, if not be thrilled by, the strange creations imprisoned in these cases. Dragons have long captured the imagination of artists. Shrouded in mystery, they reside in far off lands or the edges of the known world. Until the 1700s, Europeans decorated maps with dragon like monsters to warn of peril in uncharted areas. The Hunt-Lenox Globe, c.1510, bears the words “here are dragons”.
Dragons at Home
Our Medieval ancestors used similar images to portray evil, probably originating from the description of Satan as “the great dragon”, and decorated text with various types. Britain also has legends of serpents and dragons. Yorkshire had the Dragon of Loschy Hill; the Tyne and Wear village of Fatfield was terrorised by the Lambton Worm; and the County Durham village of Sockburn had a giant serpent problem !