A NORTH SYRIAN STEATITE GRIFFIN PROTOME
Circa 9th-8th Century B.C.
The neck with an incised scale pattern, the mane with vertical striations terminating above the head in a dotted circle, with a hooked beak and raised almond-shaped eyes, the underside of the neck cut on an angle with a central semicircular projection drilled for attachment
23/8 in. (6 cm) high