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This sculpture derives from a 13th century French cathedral relief. The gryphon, a fabulous monster with the head, wings and claws of an eagle and the body of a lion, had its origins in the ancient east where it was said to guard the gold of India. In Christian iconography, it symbolizes the dual nature of Jesus (the divine represented by the bird and the human, by the animal) and is common in Gothic church sculpture. Cathedral Stone. French, 13th century. 6.25 x 4.25 x .75 inches
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Price: 38.00

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