Head of griffin
about 600 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Samos
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 408; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).
Height: 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Evanthea and Leo Condakes Gallery (Gallery 113A)
The protome is completely preserved, including the flanged base and its three holes, two of which still have their bronze pins. Hollow-cast with hole through the head, connecting the eye-sockets. Slightly corroded; dark green patina.
By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited from him by Mrs. Burt and then, about 1889, by A. H. Browne; by 1900: with Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-5, lot 598); by 1901 with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution