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Statuette of Nemesis in Form of Female Griffin with Wings

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Great Hall, West, 1st floor
This griffin has the body, tail, and back legs of a lion and the head, wings, and talons of an eagle. Resting on the wheel of fate, it symbolized the goddess Nemesis, who punished people whose good luck led them into overconfidence. In Roman Egypt, the griffin with a wheel could guard tombs, but the scale and material of this statuette suggest that it was probably a gift to the goddess to ensure the donor against good luck turning bad.
MEDIUM Faience, glazed
DATES 2nd century C.E.
PERIOD Roman Period
DIMENSIONS 9 3/16 x 2 13/16 x 4 3/16 in. (23.4 x 7.2 x 10.7 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, West, 1st floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 53.173
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Statuette of Nemesis in Form of Female Griffin with Wings, 2nd century C.E. Faience, glazed, 9 3/16 x 2 13/16 x 4 3/16 in. (23.4 x 7.2 x 10.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 53.173. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 53.173_slide.jpg)
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