Pascal Demaumont’s 2005 statue of the Tarasque (top), a mythical monster legendary for terrorizing the medieval town of Nerluc, France:
“Larger in size than the biggest horse or burliest ox, the tarasque stood on six powerful limbs equipped with the murderous paws of a giant bear, and furiously switched its long viperine tail from side to side like a living whipcord. The magnificent mane of its leonine head flowed as a burnished sea of molten gold around its shoulders, and its teeth were great ivory daggers of death. Most extraordinary of all, however, was the massive carapace encrusting its back. Resembling the shell of a colossal tortoise, it bristled with an armoury of mighty spikes, rendering the monster invincible to any form of attack.” http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/
The Tarasque was eventually subdued by St. Martha (bottom), who tamed it in the woods outside Nerluc, leashed it with her braids and led it back to the town, where the hatred and aggression of the townspeople frightened it to death.