A griffin is part eagle, lion, and snake. In this statue, the griffin is eating Arimsasp limb from limb. In Greek history, the griffin resides in a civilized area and guards a surplus of gold. The Arimasp and Griffins were in constant conflict because the Arimasps tried to steal the gold. Although Arimasp is usually shown in barbaric clothing, the nude showing is unusual and makes the piece unique.