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Head of griffin

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The protome is completely preserved, including the flanged base and its three holes, two of which still have their bronze pins. Hollow-cast with hole through the head, connecting the eye-sockets. Slightly corroded; dark green patina.


By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited from him by Mrs. Burt and then, about 1889, by A. H. Browne; by 1900: with Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-5, lot 598); by 1901 with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Archaic Period, about 600 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Samos, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 408; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World