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Aquamantile in the shape of a Griffin, 1st third of C12th. "Aquamanile in shape seizing Workshop: Roger of helmet acre living actively 1st third 12. Century Lower Saxony 1. Third 12. Century Container Bronze, gilded, silver, tauschiert, Niello, garnet H. 17.3 cm, B. 8.5 cm, L. 14.5 cm Art-historical museum Vienna, art chamber"
Giant Griffin, Persian, circa 516-465 BC Early references to griffins are found in ancient Persian and Egyptian mythology. Griffins were often used as statues in Persian palaces. These early statues usually showed the griffins with horizontal wings lying along the back of the body. Griffins were also depicted as pulling chariots of the gods of Mesopotamia and the Pharoahs of Egypt.
Etruscan Nenfro statue of a winged lion, Archaic, ca. 550 B.C. Several statues of this type, made from nenfro, a kind of volcanic stone used extensively at Vulci, depict winged lions and sphinxes. These were set up to protect the entrances to subterranean chamber tombs covered by a tumulus (earthen mound). They often appear in pairs and represent the Etruscan response to a long tradition of guardian figures stretching back to ancient Egypt and the Near East.