Tag Archive | Mythical Creatures

Throne Leg in the Shape of a Griffin

throne leg griffin photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

The Griffin on this Throne Leg (Western Iran, Late 7th – Early 8th Centuries) exemplifies the use of powerful winged animals (real and imaginary) as symbols of royalty. The mythical beast’s long history stretches back to about 3000 B.C., when it appeared in the art of Egypt and the Middle East, and it may have been introduced to western Iran through contacts with Sogdian, Central Asia. Here, the creature has been adapted to a tradition of animal-legged thrones in Iranian art. In pre-Islamic Iran, the griffin — a combination of lion and eagle, two animals associated with the sun — was seen as a vehicle of ascension, implying the ruler’s elevation to the status of god. In the early years of the Islamic period, new rulers appropriated the symbol to convey power and legitimacy.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum if Art in NYC.

Mixed Mediums at Dorian Grey Gallery

X Marks The Spot By BTA photo by gail worley
X Marks The Spot By BTA (All Photos By Gail)

The latest group show at Dorian Grey Gallery in the East village, entitled Mixed Mediums, is a true mixed bag of styles. The collected works of more than a dozen artists still manages to achieve a cohesive feel, however, owing to the crossover appeal of various styles of contemporary/pop art.

Cope 2 Skate Decks photo by gail worley
Cope 2, Skate Decks

The NYC Street Art movement that the gallery seems to most closely align itself with is represented with works by artists like Cope 2 and BTA.

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