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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Dates/Places: Possibly from Greece or the Balkans
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Panel with a Griffin
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1250
Creation End Date: 1300
Creation Date: 1250?1300
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: 23 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 2 9/16 in. (59.7 x 52.1 x 6.7 cm)
Description: In the ancient world, the mythical beasts called griffins were symbols of royalty and protectors of the dead. They continued to play these roles for Christians. A legend popular in the Byzantine era told of griffins carrying Alexander the Great through the heavens so he could view his vast realm. Carved griffins such as the one illustrated here are found on later Byzantine tombs, where they may have been placed to identify the dead of royal status and to afford them protection. The design of the relief is similar to patterns on Byzantine and Islamic silks.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 2000.81
Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Gift , 2000
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.2000.81
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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