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Sculpture Decorative Objects, Brass Winged Lion, Pixiu for Home Decor

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Decorative objects, brass, Asia, the winged lion, Griffin Pixiu, holes for former mounts and suspension, 20th century. The winged lion is a mythical creature known in some cultures as the Griffin – a beast with lion and eagle features. It has been widely used in the art world in paintings and sculptures, especially as winged lion statues, in literature, and even depicted on flags. Griffin also spelt griffon or gryphon, is a composite mythological creature with a lion's body (winged or wingless) and a bird's head, usually that of an eagle. Winged creatures are often messengers of the gods, and they are a symbol of freedom and spirituality. In dreams, wings represent the release of creative energy. The Griffin, or gryphon, is a mythological creature with the body, hind legs, and tail of a lion and the wings, front paws, and head of an eagle. They are considered to be symbolic of power, wealth, courage, and prestige. Griffin in Iranian Artworks and its form features: Griffin’s role in Iranian artwork can be described in three historical periods: Prehistoric era, Achaemenid era, and Sassanid era. Prehistoric era The patterns acquired from this period are related to the Marlik Hills, Lorestan, and Ziwiyeh areas. There are also artworks with the figure of combination creatures, including the bird’s head and the body of a four-footed animal from the Amlash Hasanlu area. The figure of the Eagle has also been observed on ancient Persia's pottery and cylinder seals. Eagles with widespread wings are painted among the Ilam cylindrical seals and jellies of silk hills in Kashan. In the Shusha tiles (related to the third millennium), the golden medallion is represented by the figure of an eagle with open wings, as well as Lorestan’s bronze works, artefacts near Amlash and Marlik, and Hasanlu’s golden bowl (early 2nd millennium BC) are also decorated with the figure of Eagle. But the oldest Griffin sample in Persian art has been observed on the metal container from the Marlik hill. The history metal cup of Marlik is taken back to three thousand years ago, the end of the second millennium and the early millennium BC. Four gryphons are on the four sides of the upper edges embossed on the Golden Cup. Another example of a Griffin is a small golden jewellery set of eight centimetres in height, derived from the Ziwiyeh of Kurdistan, dating back to the fifth century BC. Griffin in the Achaemenid period: Griffin samples date back to the Achaemenid period of 500 BC. The artistic form of these particular creatures dates back to the Achaemenid Period and represents the most memorable Griffins of all ages. Achaemenid Griffins are made up of large sizes in capitals to small ones in jewellery. One of the patterns found on the margin of the Pazyryk carpet of the Achaemenid period is a Griffin, which is repeated in the form of a winged lion alternatively. The other type of Griffin, specific to the Achaemenid era and the inventions of the time, is the horned Griffin observed in Achaemenid jewellery samples. The combination of the eagle’s head and the hands of the lion with the bird’s paw has also been added to these jewels. Adding the horn doubles the sanctity and respect attribute of this creature. Griffin in the Sassanid period: The figure of the Eagle in the Sassanid period has great importance. In many Sassanian artworks, the figure of the eagle or only the eagle’s wings is portrayed. Still, the figure of the gryphon, in a way that was previously common, was changed into a bird called the Sassanid Simorgh. This bird combines a lion’s body; a head belongs to a dog or lion with wings, an eagle’s claw, and sometimes a tail of peacock’s feathers. This mythological and giant bird, generally seen in all Sassanid works of metal, stone and textiles, meant bringing happiness and goodness of life to its owner. The Sassanid Simorgh seems the same as the Achaemenid Griffin, which has roots in literature, mythical stories, Pahlavi texts, and religious songs of India and Iran. Height approx. 30 cm, 20x18 cm. Condition Excellent Condition, with Holes from a previous installation not in the body of the sculpture, it looks nice.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 11.82 in (30 cm)Width: 7.88 in (20 cm)Depth: 7.09 in (18 cm)
  • Style:
    Hollywood Regency (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Brass,Gold Plate,Carved,Cast,Gilt,Pressed
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  • Seller Location:
    Hampshire, GB
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: SILV81stDibs: LU967934538142
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