Abbie Ann Cope
Thomas Sully (1783-1872)
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
We are the Muses. Goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes
Winged lion-griffin from a collection of golden Achaemenid ornaments. Lion-themed symbols and mythical creatures were common in the Achaemenid Persian Empire, whose main imperial capital was Babylon: a city that used the lion as a royal symbol. The Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Photo by Babylon Chronicle