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Anatolian, 3rd quarter of 6th century B.C.

Fragments from sima slabs of the Düver frieze. In Greek and Roman architecture, sima is referred to as a roof edge made of baked clay or marble. These fragments show a rider with typical painting here and there. Each element was painted differently. Originally they were nailed on the wooden panelling of temples. Some exemplars appeared in the art market in 1960, most were purchased by the Louvre, the Getty and the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Their origin is the antique palace in Düver, Anatolia.

The slow steps of the so-called griffin, a mythical creature formed of animal bodies, do not support the former explanation of the presentation of a hunt. Furthermore, the rider himself is shown without weapons. Therefore, the presentation of a king or hero is more likely. The combination of rider and griffin in architecture is known to date only from the Düver frieze and makes this exemplar so unique. Pieces which are directly comparable to these architectural terracottas are found today in Carlsberg, the Louvre or the Getty Museum.


HEIGHT: 34 - 25 - 23 - 23 cm
WIDTH: 28.5 – 20.5 – 17.5 – 16.5 cm


Private collection London

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