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Item Details
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Culture
Northern Italy, Emilia, 12th century
Title
Guardian Griffin
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Work Type
Sculpture
Date
1150-1175
Material
pink limestone (called "Verona Marble")
Measurements
Overall: 76.7 x 47.3 x 119.9 cm (30 3/16 x 18 5/8 x 47 3/16 in.)
Description
Griffins are fabled creatures that have the characteristics of an eagle and a lion--combining watchfulness and courage. In Christian art, the dual nature of the griffin was often used to signify that of Christ himself: divine (bird) and human (animal). Griffins were often used as guardian figures in church sculpture and were placed in portals and choir screens. The creatures seen here, with their inward-turning heads, were certainly used for such a purpose. When viewed from the front, one griffin may be seen protecting the figure of a knight between its paws, while the other griffin guards a calf. Their original function was probably to support the columns of a porch in front of a church doorway.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: MED - Romanesque
Department: Medieval Art
Gallery: 106B Romanesque & Gothic Sculpture
Provenance: said to have come from the residence of a Cardinal Leona, east of Bologna.
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1928.861.2_full.tif
SSID
24585226

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