The crest is fronted by the head of the mythical griffin. A spiral motif sits above each 'ear' and acanthus leaves decorate the nape of the neck.
The hybrid griffin was a symbol of wealth and prosperity and a guardian of prized possessions. It had powerful wings, the body of a lion and the beak of an eagle.
Griffins were sacred to Apollo, whose treasure they guarded, they are also associated with Dionysos as the guardians of his ever-flowing supply of wine.
Bronze cauldrons set on tripods or conical stands were among the most spectacular votive gifts dedicated in Greek sanctuaries from the eighth to the sixth centuries B.C. Cast bronze griffins' heads often decorated the rims of the bowls.
The prototype for this helmet is the plain, uncrested Corinthian style of the 6th century BC. Originals of these can be seen in museums across the world, but the prototype used by our bronze supplier in Greece is in the Goulandris Collection in the Museum of Cycladic Art, in Athens.
More about the griffin in INSIGHTS on the archived It's All Greek WordPress site.
|dimensions etc||Height: 22cm Width across face: 14cm Depth from back of crest to tip of nose piece: 24cm|
|material||Bronze. Cast using the lost wax method of antiquity. It is cast in two parts, then the crest inserted. You can still see the wax marks on the inside. As they are not mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique.|
|country of origin||Made in Greece. It's All Greek is proud to have been working with the Semitekolo family foundry since 1999.|
medium bronze freestanding helmet with griffin crest (free shipping at the moment!)
- Code: BH-21
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £208.33