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Head of griffin

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The head of the griffin was cast and is preserved to the base of the baggy pouch. An offset termination, like a ring, separates the head proper from the neck. The latter was hammered. There are traces of incised scales all over the head, which is badly cracked. Pieces are missing from the top of...

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By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; by 1900: with Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-5, perhaps lot 562, partial); by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

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Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Archaic Period, about 650 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 406; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World