Such griffons' heads would have decorated the shoulders of giant cauldrons dedicated at early Greek temples.
Sculpture of a griffon's head by Unknown Artist, 640 BC
© Fitzwilliam Museum
- 18 x 9 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,000 ( Total: £8,000)
- Acquired in:
- Robin Symes
They also mark the beginning of the hollow-cast bronze technique in Europe. Towards the middle of the 7th century B.C. the Greeks achieved a remarkable perfection of form as this came to be conceived entirely in terms of the new method.
Charles Gillet, Lausanne
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