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Relief of an Arimasp fighting a griffin, probably a coffin decoration

Relief of an Arimasp fighting a griffin, probably a coffin decoration

Relief of an Arimasp fighting a griffin, probably a coffin decoration

Gilded terracotta

H: 6.6; W: 15.2 cm

Gift of Leon Pomerance, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

73.7.19

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

The Arimasps were a one-eyed people who lived north of the Black Sea. In their attempt to steal a cache of gold, they became embroiled in a ongoing battle against the griffins, the guardians of the treasure.

Exhibitions:

Dragons, Monsters and Fabulous Beasts, Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem, 09/03/2004 - 06/04/2005