A basilisk is a legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents
and said to have the power to cause death with a single glance.
By Dan Scott, via
(does he look grumpy or what?)
Allegory of the strength of faith ( 1741 ) by Johann Michael Zinck of Neresheim.
The latin inscript is: 'Ne terreamini ab his' (Don´t let you be terrified by these)
with long, short and coral stitches and French knots, 1630s
En hane-basilisk by Kircher (a rooster-basilisk), 1665-64
Athanasius: Mundus subterraneus in 12 libros digestus. Amstelodami
Vaclav Vaca: 'Basilisk', 1980