Beautiful depiction of an Ancient Sumerian Anzu (Griffin) clay tile on a ready to hang solid Pine wood plaque.
Stained, this wooden plaque measures approximately 8" x 7-1/2" and is roughly 3/4" thick ( 20cm x 19cm x 18mm). The tile measures roughly 8-1/2" x 7-3/4" (20.5 x 19.5cm).
I created this single tile from high fire clay, cut the tile by hand, air dried for several days, then carved it by hand, fired it, then glazed and returned it to the kiln for another firing.
**Only one tile like this exists, what you see in the photo is what you will receive. Colour may vary from PC monitor to smartphone screen**
Anzu or Imdugud:
In Sumerian and Akkadian mythology, Anzû is a divine storm-bird and the personification of the southern wind and the thunder clouds. This demon—half man and half bird—stole the "Tablet of Destinies" from Enlil and hid them on a mountaintop. Anu ordered the other gods to retrieve the tablet, even though they all feared the demon. According to one text, Marduk killed the bird; in another, it died through the arrows of the god Ninurta.