9.A.3. Griffins in Architecture, Museum

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF OLYMPIA

I wonder why griffins and gargoyles are sculptures located in high rise buildings.

Well, griffins became familiar figures that have survived centuries joining other types of grotesque sculptures on walls, floors, and rooftops of Gothic cathedrals and castles.

Now, I learned that the use of the griffin in architecture, is decorative and symbolic. Also, it serves a practical purpose on the building’s exterior—to move roof water away from its base, like a drainage gutter.

But the big reveal is … not only do they have to be seen from the street, but they also must be prominent enough to deter the menacing thieves they protect against.

In modern times, use of 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. Similarly essentially comparable is, a griffin formed part of the logo of HSBC.

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9.A.2. Bronze Griffin, Museum

ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM OF OLYMPIA

The griffin in Greek and Roman texts 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.

Accounts of griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions, a symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine. Also, indicates a combination of intelligence and strength.

I find this bronze griffin, possibly used as decor, menacing and threatening.

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9.A. Archaelogical Museum of Olympia, Greece

MUSEUM OF OLYMPIA, GREECE

This museum is like no other because it is an archaeological museum. Museum was built on the site of ancient Olympic Games and the Temple of Zeus (in Greek mythology he is the king of the gods.)

It is famous for its collection of bronze, sculptures and Pheidais workshop. Let me take you what is inside the walls. Note that artifacts were actually dug at this site.

My love of history made me go to all places in Greece to see evidence of ancient civilizations and cultures of particulary kind of people. I will take you inside.

Photo: a quaint single story building but when you step inside it’s marble floors, bright with good lighting and so much to see >>>>>>