sculpture

Ophelia

Sarah Bernhardt. 1880. White marble. 

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Aigrette: Griffin Tearing with Claws an Ibex

Created: 4th – 3rd century BC

Found: Siberian collection of Peter I. Russia, Siberia

This plaque in the shape of a griffin standing on the defeated ibex served as decoration of the headdress of a noble warrior. The entire composition is raised in relief from a sheet of gold. The griffin’s head is hollow. Its figure seems enormous as compared with that of the ibex. The ibex is depicted with its hind quarters twisted upwards, which is typical of Altaic art. The griffin’s body was richly decorated in a cloisonne technique, but the insets have not survived.