Protector of the Gold


Today a family called looking for an urn with the image of a griffin. I love the idea of this ancient symbol of protection on a cremation urn.

We’ve got a couple of griffins out in the garden. The legendary Griffin symbol is a fascinating creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Variations of ancient lore say the griffin builds a nest, like an eagle (female?) and lays sapphires instead of eggs, and protects the gold. The feather of a griffin and the talon both are supposed to have medicinal properties so powerful that it can even restore sight to the blind!

The deceased collected griffins and even had a gryphon on his wedding ring. His ashes will be divided, and will be buried with a grandson and some of the family pets who passed earlier, including the ashes of the beloved Yorkie. The “baby”. The widow carries a bit of “baby Yorkie” in a small keepsake urn on her key chain.

At the memorial service the family incorporated griffin sculpture, statues, and relics among the family photo display.

griffin urn for ashes


  1. Melinda says

    Hi! I was wondering if it would be alright if I borrowed the picture of the Griffin and used it for my school. We need a new sign for our door and our school’s mascot is the Griffin. So please get back to me as soon as possible! I would greatly appreciate it if you would allow my school to use it!

  2. Tanja says


    I am researching griffins on medieval silks but would love to use this image as well. Could u let me know where is it from and what is its date? thank you very much.

  3. Kayla says

    This is so cool! I hope you dont mind if I use this picture for my science project on mythical creatures! GREAT picture btw!

  4. says


    I remember that griffin illustration from the front of a book from my childhood. Can you tell me the name of the book where you got it from? All I can remember is ‘myth”legend’ and ‘creatures’ but i’m having no luck.

    can you help?