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"Between Paganism and Christianity: Transformation and Symbolism of a Winged Griffin"
Rozmeri Basic
IKON (Brepols Publishers), 2:2, 2009, 85-92
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This paper examines the reoccurring role of a winged griffin, a hybrid animal known from the third millennium B.C.E. Its earliest pictorial representations may be traced back to Mesopotamia, although there is steady appearance in other Mediterranean countries. Throughout different chronological periods, several selected scenes with griffins have been transmitted from the pagan iconography of non-Western cultures in accordance with diverse tastes of contemporary patrons and policy makers. With the advance of Christianity, among numerous examples, two favorite symbolic roles of griffins became popular, based on the following sources: a romance of Alexander the Greats Celestial Journey and a "master of animals" motif.

Language: English


 
ISSN: 1846-8551; DOI: 10.1484/J.IKON.3.32
 
   
 
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