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Relief with the head of a griffin

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The relief is broken on all edges, and the surfaces are rather worn. This head is of the type of griffin most often found in imperial architectural carving and, later, on the ends of large sarcophagi. Since the head was drawn by Pierre Jacques of Rheims with the Signifer fragment (MFA 59.336) in...

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By date unknown: in the Piazza Sciarra in Rome (drawn there by Pierre Jacques in 1577); date unknown: from an old British collection (the Duke of Buccleuch?); by date unknown: with Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1; 1952: purchased by Peter Wilson of Sotheby's, London from Spink & Son, Ltd.; by date unknown: with J. J. Klejman, 982 Madison Avenue, New York; May 1959: purchased from J. J. Klejman by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA; purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, June 9, 1959, for $ 1,275.00 (this is the total price for 59.336 and 59.337)

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Bequest Fund

Roman, Early Imperial Period, about A.D. 51–52 or later

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 237.


Height: 24 cm (9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, rough Greek from the northern islands or western Asia Minor


The Ancient World