Description Griffins were mythical monsters, derived from Near Eastern art, with a winged animal's body and an eagle's head. They became popular in Greece during the 7th-6th century BC as symbols of divine power and as protective figures. Persian-style griffins, such as this example with a winged lion's body and horns on its head, appeared in Greece during the 4th century BC.
- Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
- Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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