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Semiology of the Gryphon Motif in Ancient Elamite Architecture

Maryam Zohouriyan, Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi Kouhpar, Javad Neyestani, Alireza Hozhabri Nobari

Pages 227 - 232


This article discusses the gryphon, shirdal in Persian, a legendary creature featuring in much of Asia's and Europe's mythology. The shirdal, just as the Greek γρύφων, is a hybrid and legendary beast composed of eagle, human, lion and bull. But was there a common mythical function for the gryphon? The article will answer this question by tracing more than five thousand years of history, with a focus on Elamite architecture unearthed in Susa.



بيرجند دانشگاه University of Birjand

انشگاه تربيت مدرس University of Tarbiat Modares (Tehran)

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