Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a pattern is created on the opposite surface through hammering. Here, the malleability of metal as a material enables the achievement of smoothly curving three dimensional relief designs.
The legend of Saint George and the Dragon, whose triumphant form is rendered through repoussé on this Greek talisman, is represented in religious artwork from many cultures where Christianity is practiced. In the story, George, protected by the holy cross, saves a young maiden from the grips of an angry dragon, and thus St. George is usually represented, as he is here, slaying a dragon or large serpent. Soldiers adorned their armor with amulets like this one during battle in hopes that homage to the patron saint of war might spare them from harm.