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Gryphon Display Shield
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In Heraldry, the Gryphon is the
most widely used symbol of legendary creatures. Its mythical qualities date back
to the early Grecian culture who believed that once a fierce monster flew the
skies with the wings and head of an eagle but the body of a lion with eagle
talons instead of claws. It can be found as early as 3000 BC in Egyptian
artifacts and on Persian seals. As the eagle is considered the King of its class
and the lion of his own, it is considered the King of all creatures as it
combines the kingly qualities of both beasts and birds. It was considered to be
the guardian of much treasure and became a natural symbol to be added to early
In heraldry, it is considered a symbol of Boldness and Courage and of a warrior willing to face the very worst of enemies. It is found on the military shields of leaders as a symbol of strength with intelligence, military courage and leadership. It is found in Houses throughout Europe, from Britain to Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.
The Gryphon or Griffin is even found today in modern usage with sports teams and as one of the most formidable opponents in video games. Sometimes confused with dragons, the Gryphon is singular in its appearance with the sharp massive talons and its bushy lion’s tail on its muscular body. It is a noble emblem and is to be worn with great pride.
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