For more than 200 years, historians have sought to understand the striking Pisa Griffin. It is thought to have been placed on top of Pisa Cathedral after being looted from the Balearic Islands in a war of 1114. But some mystery surrounds its origins. Now 3D technology is attempting to complete its story.
Experts know that the Griffin is similar to other Spanish Islamic pieces of the same period and guess that it came from the workshops of Medieval Spain.
But questions remain: which workshop did the Griffin come from, and how does it relate to another medieval bronze, the Mari-Cha Lion, which shows many similarities in decoration and casting?
Traditional methods of research have provided half the story. Now view the video to see how, by modelling the Griffin in 3D, comparisons can be drawn and expert knowledge increased.