Griffin Plaque - Item #82
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
45 Inches High x 32 Inches Wide x 8 Inches Deep
Trajan's Forum commemorates the Roman Emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. Trajan himself commissioned the public square, which was comprised of a basilica, a temple, two libraries, markets, and a triumphal column. Its construction was most likely ordered by the Roman Senate and supervised by Apollodorus of Damascus. The forum was decorated with much sculptural work. This plaque was once part of a frieze whose exact location is undetermined.
The griffin depicted in this plaque has a lion's head and a goat's horns. The Greeks and then the Romans often included griffins in decoration because there was deeper meaning for the mythological creature's use. For example, griffins were the attributes of the gods Apollo, Dionysus, and Nemesis. In the complete fragment, located in the Vatican Museums, the griffin is joined by a cupid who pours a drink for the griffin. The proper right forepaw, not included in this fragmented cast, is lifted up to and resting on the vessel that is receiving the poured drink.
Museum: Gregoriano Profano Museum, Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Origin: Trajan's Forum in Rome
Time Period: Ancient Roman, 106-113 C.E.
1911 Catalog ID # - 18901 (fragment)
Becker, Jeffrey. "Forum and Markets of Trajan." Khan Academy, https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ancient-art-civilizations/roman/early-empire/a/forum-and-market-of-trajan.
Nicotra, Laura. "The Figurative Programme of the Architraval Friezes in the Forum of Trajan, Rome." Dissertation, University of Leicester, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37919.
Ramage, Nancy H. and Andrew Ramage. "Trajan, Optimus Princeps, AD 98-117." Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine. 5th ed., Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009, pp. 206-227.