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Roman-era figurine of griffin unearthed in Emirate of Sharjah


The Sharjah Archaeology Authority (SAA) has announced the discovery of a bronze statuette of a griffin - a mythical creature with eagle wings, a lion’s head, and a huge bird’s foot with claws - in the Mleiha area, in the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah. 


Roman-era figurine of griffin unearthed in Emirate of Sharjah
Credit: Sharjah Archaeology Authority

Dr. Sabah Aboud Jassim, Director General of the SAA, explained that "the artefact is part of a censer bearing three statues of similar shape and distributed in a symmetrical circular shape, topped by a large and luxurious bowl used for burning incense." 


Roman-era figurine of griffin unearthed in Emirate of Sharjah
Credit: Sharjah Archaeology Authority



Roman-era figurine of griffin unearthed in Emirate of Sharjah
Credit: Sharjah Archaeology Authority

He added that it likely dates to the first century AD and is testimony to the existence of a trading network between Mleiha and nearby Roman provinces.


Source: Gulf News [December 06, 2021]



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