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#6151: Excavations: Griffin Mosaic (11C)

Photo 6151: Excavations: Griffin Mosaic (11C) - Bitonto Cathedral

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Photo ID
6151
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Title
Excavations: Griffin Mosaic (11C)
Caption
Detail of a perfectly preserved floor mosaic of a griffin dating from the 11th century. It is located in the ruins of a square building of unknown purpose (possibly a tower) on the west side of the early medieval basilica. It can now be seen through a glass panel in the nave and in the museum of excavations below. The griffin, which has the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, was often used in Christian medieval art to symbolize the dual natures of Christ. Bitonto Cathedral, Puglia, Italy.
Geotag
41.106305° N, 16.689767° E
Uploaded
June 21, 2010
Camera
Canon EOS 40D
ISO
1600