Offered by Dei Bardi Art
Sculptures and works of art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Marble griffin head
Italy, 16th century
On a modern stand
20 x 29 x 21 cm (without the stand)
The griffin is a legendary creature with the body of a lion, the head and wings of an eagle and horse ears.
Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts, and the eagle the king of the birds, by the Middle Ages, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Since classical antiquity, griffins were known for guarding treasures and priceless possessions.