The griffin, griffon, or gryphon (Greek: γρύφων, grýphōn, or γρύπων, grýpōn, early form γρύψ, grýps; Latin: gryphus) 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.
Lions have been widely used in sculpture to provide a sense of majesty and awe, especially on public buildings. Lions were bold creatures and many ancient cities would have an abundance of lion sculptures to show strength in numbers as well.
Birushana (Rushana) Nyorai, Sanskrit Vairocana, Big Buddha of Nara, True Buddha in Esoteric Sects – Japanese Buddhism Digital Photo Dictionary
An exploration of San Francisco neighborhoods with photos, descriptions, feature guides, walking tours, and vintage postcard scans. This page focuses on the middle section of Golden Gate Park, including the Japanese Tea Garden, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Rainbow Falls, Stow Lake, Strawberry Hill, Lloyd Lake, and Speedway Meadow.
The decline of the Mauryas coincided with the rise of a neighboring Greek Kingdom in Bactria.This was also important for the history of Buddhism, as the Kings became converts.
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Kannon, God or Goddess of Mercy, Sanskrit = Avalokitesvara, Chinese = Guanyin, Buddhism in Japan, Buddhist Art.
St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg, city and port, extreme northwestern Russia. It is a major historical and cultural center, as well as Russia’s second-largest city.
Central Asian arts – Visual arts: The earliest artifacts discovered in Central Asia were found in Siberia and western Turkistan and are from about the 13th millennium bc.
Horse Head in gilded silver (350 CE) Example of Sassanid metalwork from Kerman. Louvre, Paris. Persian Art: Introduction (3500-1700 BCE) Persia, one of the oldest countries in the world, and one of the earliest civilizations in the history of art, occupies the Persian plateau, bounded by the Elburz and Baluchistan mountains in the north and east.