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A griffin statue in the Netherlands.

Heraldic guardian griffin at Kasteel de Haar, Netherlands - griffins had one mate for life, and if one died, the other never mated again.

Ornament Date: 12th century Geography: Iran Culture: Islamic Medium: Bronze; hollow cast, pierced, and incised

Ornament Date: century Geography: Iran Culture: Islamic Medium: Bronze; hollow cast, pierced, and incised

A griffin (also spelled gryphon and griffon) is a mythical creature. Bulfinch’s Mythology describes the griffin as having "the body of a lion, the head and wings of an eagle, and back covered with feathers." The combination of eagle and lion makes the griffin a powerful symbol of vigilance and strength. The bronze griffin in this photo is a crest on a Roman helmet from the first or early second century AD.

A Mythical Beast in Architecture and Design

The mythical griffin has been a powerful image in architecture through the ages. See photos that show how griffins are used in architectural design.

Tanya Russell - Griffin

Griffin Commissioned by John King from Downing College Material: Cold Cast Bronze Edition : 5 Height

Pole Top: Gilgamesh with Two Animals Date: 800-600 B.C. Iran - Luristan

ancientpeoples: “ Pole Top: Gilgamesh with Two Animals B. x x cm) Bronze Iran This bronze figurine, usually described as a standard finial,.

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griffin tattoo by ~insomnia-maniac on deviantART

DeviantArt: More Like pouncing griffin tattoo style by Sanada-Ookami

Twin-spouted vessel (Period: Iron Age III Date: ca. 7th–6th century B.C. Geography: Northwestern Iran Culture: Iran Medium: Ceramic Dimensions: 10.43 in. (26.49 cm) Classification: Ceramics-Vessels Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1966)

Twin-spouted vessel (Period: Iron Age III Date: ca. 7th–6th century B.C. Geography: Northwestern Iran Culture: Iran Medium: Ceramic Dimensions: 10.43 in. (26.49 cm) Classification: Ceramics-Vessels Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1966)

Throne Leg in the Shape of a Griffin  Object Name: Throne leg  Date: late 7th–early 8th century  Geography: probably Western Iran  Culture: Islamic  Medium: Bronze; cast around a ceramic core and chased  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Throne Leg in the Shape of a Griffin Object Name: Throne leg Date: late century Geography: probably Western Iran Culture: Islamic Medium: Bronze; cast around a ceramic core and chased Metropolitan Museum of Art

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