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Leogryph bracket
NMA Object 8
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This mythical creature which is unique in its artistic work found at Begram is one of the exceptional artifacts of the museum. It was used as a decorative element on wooden furniture.

History of the Object
This is a bracket in the shape of a leogryph or sardula, a mythical creature with the body of a lion, wings of an eagle, and the beak of a parrot. The sardula spout out of the mouth of makara and has wings consisting of both feathers and fish scales, which are bordered on to by a row of pearls. On its back, a woman is seated holding a bridle. Between the lower paws of the sardula is a small yaksha figure that supports with his left hand the leg of the female figure.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Ivory 
Measurements
Height; 30 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Parwan 
Geography
Afghanistan 
Time period
AD 1st century ~ AD 1st century 
Creation date
1st century CE, Kushan period 
Function
 
Acquisition
Excavated Bigram site in the province of Parwan, by AIA(Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology) and DAFA. 
Copyright
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Owner
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Museum
National Museum of Afghanistan 
Credit line
National Museum of Afghanistan  

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