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For other uses, see Gryphon (disambiguation).
Achaemenid griffin at Persepolis, 500–330 BC
gr ps; Latin:
gryphus) is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet.
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Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature.
The griffin was also thought of as king of all creatures.
Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions.
In Greek and Roman texts, griffins and Arimaspians were associated with gold.
Indeed, in later accounts, "griffins were said to lay eggs in burrows on the grounds and these nests contained gold nuggets".
2 Adrienne Mayor, a classical folklorist, proposes that the griffin was an ancient misconception derived from the fossilized remains of the
Protoceratops found in gold mines in the Altai mountains of Scythia, in present-day southeastern Kazakhstan, or in Mongolia,
3 though this hypothesis has been strongly contested as it ignores pre-Mycenaean accounts.
4 In antiquity it was a symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine.
Most statuary representations of griffins depict them with bird-like talons, although in some older illustrations griffins have a lion's forelimbs; they generally have a lion's hindquarters.
Its eagle's head is conventionally given prominent ears; these are sometimes described as the lion's ears, but are often elongated (more like a horse's), and are sometimes feathered.
Infrequently, a griffin is portrayed without wings, or a wingless eagle-headed lion is identified as a griffin.
In 15th-century and later heraldry, such a beast may be called an
alce or a
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In heraldry, a griffin always has forelegs like an eagle's hind-legs.
A type of griffin with the four legs of a lion was distinguished by perhaps only one English herald of later heraldry as the
Opinicus, which also had a camel-like neck and a short tail that almost resembles a camel's tail.
There is evidence of representations of griffins in Ancient Iranian and Ancient Egyptian art dating back to before 3000 BC.
7 In Egypt, a griffin can be seen in a cosmetic palette from Hierakonpolis, known as the "Two Dog Palette",
13 dated at about 1950-1550 BC.
14 Early depictions of griffins in Ancient Greek art are found in the 15th century BC frescoes in the Throne Room of the Bronze Age Palace of Knossos, as restored by Sir Arthur Evans.
It continued being a favored decorative theme in Archaic and Classical Greek art.
Griffin segreant wearing the mural crown of Perugia, 13th century
A soldier fighting a griffin, 'Alphonso' Psalter, 1284
Medieval tapestry, Basel, c.
In Central Asia, the griffin appears about a thousand years after Bronze Age Crete, in the 5th–4th centuries BC, probably originating from the Achaemenid Persian Empire.
The Achaemenids considered the griffin "a protector from evil, witchcraft and secret slander".
15 The modern generalist calls it the lion-griffin, as for example, Robin Lane Fox, in
Alexander the Great, 1973:31 and notes p.
506, who remarks a lion-griffin attacking a stag in a pebble mosaic
16 at Pella, perhaps as an emblem of the kingdom of Macedon or a personal one of Alexander's successor Antipater.
The Pisa Griffin is a large bronze sculpture that has been in Pisa in Italy since the Middle Ages, though it is of Islamic origin.
It is the largest bronze medieval Islamic sculpture known, at over three feet tall (42.
5 inches, or 1.
), and was probably created in the 11th century in Al-Andaluz (Islamic Spain).
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17 From about 1100 it was placed on a column on the roof of Pisa Cathedral until replaced by a replica in 1832; the original is now in the Museo dell' Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum), Pisa.
Several ancient mythological creatures are similar to the griffin.
These include the Lamassu, an Assyrian protective deity, often depicted with a bull or lion's body, eagle's wings, and human's head.
Sumerian and Akkadian mythology feature the demon Anzu, half man and half bird, associated with the chief sky god Enlil.
This was a divine storm-bird linked with the southern wind and the thunder clouds.
Jewish mythology speaks of the Ziz, which resembles Anzu, as well as the ancient Greek Phoenix.
The Bible mentions the Ziz in Psalms 50:11.
This is also similar to Cherub.
The cherub, or sphinx, was very popular in Phoenician iconography.
In ancient Crete, griffins became very popular, and were portrayed in various media.
A similar creature is the Minoan Genius.
In the Hindu religion, Garuda is a large bird-like creature which serves as a mount (
vahana) of the Lord Vishnu.
It is also the name for the constellation Aquila.
In legend, griffins not only mated for life, but if either partner died, then the other would continue the rest of its life alone, never to search for a new mate.
citation needed The griffin was thus made an emblem of the Church's opposition to remarriage.
dubious – discuss Being a union of an aerial bird and a terrestrial beast, it was seen in Christendom to be a symbol of Jesus, who was both human and divine.
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As such it can be found sculpted on some churches.
According to Stephen Friar's
New Dictionary of Heraldry, a griffin's claw was believed to have medicinal properties and one of its feathers could restore sight to the blind.
1 Goblets fashioned from griffin claws (actually antelope horns) and griffin eggs (actually ostrich eggs) were highly prized in medieval European courts.
When Genoa emerged as a major seafaring power in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, griffins commenced to be depicted as part of the republic'scoat of arms, rearing at the sides of the shield bearing the Cross of St.
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By the 12th century, the appearance of the griffin was substantially fixed: "All its bodily members are like a lion's, but its wings and mask are like an eagle's.
19 It is not yet clear if its forelimbs are those of an eagle or of a lion.
Although the description implies the latter, the accompanying illustration is ambiguous.
It was left to the heralds to clarify that.
Divine Comedy, after Dante and Virgil's journey through Hell and Purgatory has concluded, Dante meets a chariot dragged by a griffin in Earthly Paradise.
Immediately afterwards, Dante is reunited with Beatrice.
Dante and Beatrice then start their journey through Paradise.
Sir John Mandeville wrote about them in his 14th century book of travels:
In that country be many griffins, more plenty than in any other country.
Some men say that they have the body upward as an eagle and beneath as a lion; and truly they say sooth, that they be of that shape.
But one griffin hath the body more great and is more strong than eight lions, of such lions as be on this half, and more great and stronger than an hundred eagles such as we have amongst us.
For one griffin there will bear, flying to his nest, a great horse, if he may find him at the point, or two oxen yoked together as they go at the plough.
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For he hath his talons so long and so large and great upon his feet, as though they were horns of great oxen or of bugles or of kine, so that men make cups of them to drink of.
And of their ribs and of the pens of their wings, men make bows, full strong, to shoot with arrows and quarrels.
As when a Gryfon through the Wilderness
With winged course ore Hill or moarie Dale,
Pursues the ARIMASPIAN, who by stelth
Had from his wakeful custody purloind
The guarded Gold .
Harry Potter series, the character Albus Dumbledore has a griffin-shaped knocker.
Also, the character Godric Gryffindor's surname is a variation on the French
griffon d'or ("golden griffon").
Pomponius Mela- "In Europe, constantly falling snow makes those places contiguous with the Riphean Mountains so impassable that, in addition, they prevent those who deliberately travel here from seeing anything.
After that comes a region of very rich soil but quite uninhabitable because griffins, a savage and tenacious breed of wild beasts, love- to an amazing degree- the gold that is mined from deep within the earth there, and because they guard it with an amazing hostility to those who set foot there.
" (Romer, 1998.
Isidore of Seville – "The Gryphes are so called because they are winged quadrupeds.
This kind of wild beast is found in the Hyperborean Mountains.
In every part of their body they are lions, and in wings and heads are like eagles, and they are fierce enemies of horses.
Moreover they tear men to pieces.
" (Brehaut, 1912)
The griffin is the symbol of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; bronze castings of them perch on each corner of the museum's roof, protecting its collection.
29 Similarly, prior to the mid-1990s a griffin formed part of the logo of Midland Bank (now HSBC).
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The griffin is the logo of United Paper Mills, Vauxhall Motors, and of Scania and its former group partners SAAB-Aircraft and Saab Automobile.
The latest fighter produced by the SAAB-Aircraft company bears the name of "Gripen" (Griffin), but as a result of public competition.
During World War II, the Heinkel firm named its heavy bomber design for the Luftwaffe after the legendary animal, as the Heinkel He 177
Greif, the German form of "griffin".
General Atomics has used the term "Griffin Eye" for its intelligence surveillance platform based on a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 35ER civilian aircraft
The emblem of the Greek 15th Infantry Division features an axe-wielding griffin on its unit patch.
The mascot of St Mary's College, one of the sixteen colleges in Durham University.
The mascot of Glenview Senior Public School in Toronto is the Gryphon, and the name is incorporated into its sporting teams.
The mascot of the L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, a public science, technology, engineering and math high school serving grades 9-12, is the Gryphon.
The school opening in August 2011.
The Gryphon is also incorporated into the school's robotics team.
The mascot of Charles G.
Fraser Junior Public School in Toronto is the Griffin, and an illustration of a griffin forms the school's logo.
The mascot of Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa is the Gryphon, and the team name is the Glebe Gryphons.
The griffin is the official mascot of Chestnut Hill College and Gwynedd Mercy College, both in Pennsylvania.
Also Griffin is the Official mascot of Maria Clara High School, known as the Blue Griffins in PobCaRan cluster of Caloocan City Philippines, which excels in Cheerleading.
The mascot of Leadership High School in San Francisco, CA was chosen by the student body by popular vote to be the Griffin after the Golden Gate University Griffins, where they operated out of from 1997 to 2000.
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