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Cast no.36

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Cast no.36


Relief of a griffin and stag.
Origin unknown.
Greenish limestone.
Date unknown, perhaps 4th century BCE.
London, British Museum.
Restored H 12 1/2 in., W 12 in.
Maximum dimension of preserved fragment 10 in.
Metropolitan Catalogue: Cast no. 1185b or 1186.

The shallow relief shows a griffin attacking a deer that he has brought down. His wings are spread, his claws are fixed in the deer's shoulder, and he opens his beak wide to deal the fatal blow. The upper border consists of a geometric maeander; the lower border appears to contain rosettes within squares. This small fragment was given to the British Museum by Algernon Percy (1792-1865), the fourth Duke of Northumberland.

Bibliographic Citation


See A. H. Smith, Catalogue of Greek Sculpture in the British Museum, vol. I (London, 1892), 88, no. 215 or 216.

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