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Architectural panel with a griffin

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This relief and 03.747, which presented griffins confronting one another on either side of a central element, would have had sacred protective connotations. The reliefs could well have formed part of the decoration of a temple, but it is also possible that they embellished a large funerary...

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Provenance

By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Torre Annunziata. Bought in Sorrento [with 03.747]; a letter from Warren, dated January 18, 1928, adds that he was told the relief with griffins had been on the wall of the cathedral of Sorrento and had been taken down when a new front was put up, the relief then being in private possession for some time); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 175–200

Place of Manufacture

Campania, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 306; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length: 104 x 137.8 cm (40 15/16 x 54 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

03.748

Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the from the island of Proconnesus in the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements