Parts of a cauldron: three griffin-heads and section of rim

Greek, East Greek
Orientalizing Period
about 7th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 407; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height x length: 17.8 x 37 cm (7 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The three heads have incised scale pattern with greenish patina. Griffin C has tips of ears and tongue broken off; the neck was broken and has been joined to the head. The cauldron fragment (D) is heavily encrusted.
Remarkable for the cleanness of their finishing and casting, these griffin protomai belong to Jantzen’s Sixth Group and were produced on Samos or the adjacent Ionian coast in the late seventh century B.C.


By date unknown: with Charles L. Morley, 25 East 83rd Street, New York 28 (said to be from Rome Art Market); purchased by MFA from Charles L. Morley, February 9, 1950, for $ 7,000.00

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund