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Bronze griffin attachment

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 600–575 B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze, amber perhaps
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/16 in. (18.2 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.11.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
This heavy, solid-cast griffin was the finial for another object, perhaps an andiron. Originally, the eyes were inlaid with other materials, such as amber and ivory, to create a more lifelike realism.
Alexander, Christine. 1941. "Greek Accessions: A Bronze Griffin, a Terracotta Vase, a Wax Head." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 36(10): pp. 202-3, fig. 1.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.55, p. 85, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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