Lamp with Handle in the shape of a Griffin's Head (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

4th-5th century
Byzantine
bronze
Overall: 6 3/4 × 9 1/4 × 2 1/2 in. (17.15 × 23.5 × 6.35 cm)
66.10
The griffin, a mythical monster part eagle and part lion, was considered the keeper of light in classical mythology. Christian symbols – the dove, the dolphin, the cross, and the Christogram (the first letters of Christ’s name) – place this griffin in a Christian context.
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Gonosová, Anna, Christine Kondoleon, Lawrence Becker, Deborah Schorsch, Jane L. Williams, and Mark T. Wypyski. “Art of Late Rome and Byzantium: In the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.” Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1994. (cat. no. 85, pp. 250-251)
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