Relief Panel with Two Griffins Drinking from a Cup

South Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

The mythical griffin, a creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, often appeared in Christian contexts. The representation of two confronted griffins is derived from ancient Near Eastern art, and the composition of this relief was probably based on imported textile designs. Another panel in Sorrento depicts griffins in a similar style, suggesting both came from the Old Cathedral there. They probably were part of the choir screen, the partition separating the altar area from the rest of the church.

Relief Panel with Two Griffins Drinking from a Cup, Marble, polychromy, South Italian

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