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Viking ships often had Dragons heads mounted on the bow to scare off sea monsters

Dragon figurehead. 4th-6th century BCE. Found in the River Scheldt near Appels, Belgium.

horse head on a Viking ship (presuming a replica, yet cannot find original source to find out)

prow of a Viking Ship

Oslo, Viking ship museum carving. Got to see this one in person. It was absolutely breath taking!

Viking Gargoyle Animal heads like this 11th century carving can be found throughout Ireland and England and display the powerful artistic contribution of the Viking culture to these countries.  The animal depicted is most likely a wolf, now vanished from these regions, but at one time an important animal in Celtic-Norse iconography.

Copy of the prow of the Oseberg ship