Mythology/griffin/lion

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I have a very old griffin/lion about 1 ft long with green glass eyes, fur and feathers on the body. the body is of a hard plastic type material. the writing on the bottom reads allero patenteo anniversa with the last word I can't make out. also the bird has puppet type long cords running out of the back. do you know who the maker is.

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I'm very intrigued. I searched Google for an image close to what you described, but couldn't find anything close. I do know "allero patenteo anniversa" is possibly Italian, so that might be where it's from. Shame you couldn't send me images of the griffin and the inscription. The cords baffle me; could they be used to light up the eyes or articulate it?

I do know the griffin was a merger of the power of the lion and the majesty of the eagle, making it the king of all creatures. It was possibly based on fossils of Protoceratops skeletons from the Middle East.

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William C. Uchtman

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I have done research into gods and goddesses and have written brief descriptions of them. I have attempted to scale out family trees as I have already seen with the Olympian gods. I have tried to condense entire pantheons by attributing extra names or aliases to one deity. I have also made efforts to parallel myths with ancient history. I am not an expert nor do I hold any degrees. I am a self-taught person with a lot of otherwise useless information.

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Former Mythology Expert to the Marvel Comics Appendix, former researcher to the Marvel Universe Handbooks

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Contributor/Researcher to the Offifical Handbook of the Marvel Universe

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