A griffin having a snack, probably created in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England (1200s)

A griffin - half eagle and half lion, probably created in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England - 1200s

A griffin – half eagle and half lion, carrying its prey in its claws. The image is taken from a Bestiary*. This manuscript was originally produced in England, probably in Salisbury, Wiltshire in the thirteenth century (1200s).

*To save you looking up “Bestiary” – it is a descriptive or anecdotal treatise on various kinds of animal, popular in the medieval period – and often having a moralising tone.

[Acknowledgement: British Library.]

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