Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Head of a griffin from a large cauldron
Orientalizing Period, second half of the 7th century BCE
H: 13.8; W: 6 cm
Bequest of Norbert Schimmel, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 91.71.331
Griffins, mythical beings of Eastern origin, combined lion’s bodies with the heads and wings of birds of prey. Some incorporated features of other animals as well: this griffin has a horse’s ears and an eagle’s eyes and beak. Such figures were attached to magnificent bronze cauldrons found in sanctuaries, presumably to guard their contents.

Gods and Mortals: Selected Objects from the Norbert Schimmel Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 17/05/1992 - 31/10/1992

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir