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Three Roman Bronze Mythical Griffin Heads

Three Roman Bronze Mythical Griffin Heads

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Three Roman Bronze Mythical Griffin Heads mounted on custom stand. Ca. Late 2nd - Early 3rd Century CE. Each with open beak and protruding tongue. Bronze Heads are 1 1/2 high, on stand 6" high. Some restoration, but in excellent condition. Ex: Bonhams Knightbridge, London. In the Iron Age the griffin was again prominent in both Asia and Greece. Greek metalworkers evolved a handsome stylized rendering, the beak open to show a curling tongue and the head provided with horses’ ears and a large knob on top. Apparently the griffin was in some sense sacred, appearing frequently in sanctuary and tomb furnishings. Its precise nature or its place in cult and legend remains unknown.