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

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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