Sculpture of a griffon's head by Unknown Artist

Such griffons' heads would have decorated the shoulders of giant cauldrons dedicated at early Greek temples.

Details

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
18 x 9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,000 ( Total: £8,000)
Acquired in:
1975
Vendor:
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.

Provenance

Charles Gillet, Lausanne

Venue details

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