A Roman marble griffin sarcophagus relief Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D. Carved below a plain upper border with a griffin above waves facing a dolphin tail, with drilled details including the tail and the griffin's features, 14in (35cm) long
Provenance: The Cyrus Collection. Property of Fay Safani, New York. Inherited from Edward Safani, acquired in the 1950s.
Literature: For a similar representation of a sea griffin on a sarcophagus relief, cf. M. Comstock and C. Vermeule, Sculpture in Stone, The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 1976, p. 170, no. 272.