Excavations: Griffin Ashlar (11C)
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Excavations: Griffin Ashlar (11C)

Ashlar sculpture of a griffin (half-bird, half-lion), late 11th century, displayed in the museum of excavations beneath Bitonto Cathedral, Puglia, Italy. A total of 52 ashlars were discovered stacked beneath the right side of the nave; they originally formed three portals. Based on their style, they were probably made in a French workshop.