Bronze head of a griffin


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 150

Large inlaid eyes once enhanced the fearsome appearance of this griffin head, one of several decorative attachments for the rim of a monumental bronze cauldron dedicated at the Greek sanctuary of Olympia. Amber, bone, and ivory were often used for inlays in bronze sculpture. Chromatic variation could also be produced using different metal alloys. Here, the copper beading and rivets along the edge of the griffin’s neck are made of a metal distinct from the rest of the head.

Bronze head of a griffin, Bronze, Greek

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