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Hellenistic Gold Griffin Pendant, c. 3rd-1st Century BC

The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle.The lion is traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of the birds. The griffin, a combination of those two animals was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. In antiquity, the griffin was a symbol of divine power.

Originally, this gold griffin applique would be attached to a cloth through the three openings on its base. A suspension ring and a bail were recently attached to make the griffin a wearable pendant.

The hollow gold griffin is made from two die-stamped halves soldered together. The collar and tail are made of applied gold beads. The lower part of the body is decorated with two granulation clusters. Two ribbed gold pendants are hanging from the griffin’s beak.

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