Classical Antiquities :
Miscellaneous : Etruscan Bronze Vessel Handle Depicting a Griffin
Etruscan Bronze Vessel Handle Depicting a Griffin - FZ.151
Origin: Geresa, Jordan
Location: United States
The mythological griffin, part lion,
originated in the ancient Near East as a
of royal power. Traders from Persia and
brought this fantastic motif westward,
was quickly adapted by Etruscan artists.
fierce, graceful example once guarded a
vessel; the handle terminates in the
head of a
nymph or a maenad, which suggests an
association with the wine god Dionysus.
remarkable that something practical,
even, should take the powerful form of
cannot help but wonder if those who
grasped this majestic handle centuries
as captivated by its beauty as we are
in a world that no longer believes in
the myth of
the griffin, the dramatic impact of this
is deeply felt.