The Simurgh is an ancient, immortal Persian mythological beast similar to a gryphon or Phoenix. It is most often described as having the head and foreparts of a dog, the wings and tail of a peacock, and a body covered with scales. The Simurg is associated
Griffin and Semargls, Gates of Suzdal, century. In Raven Son, Voran is struck by a series of carved doors in the palace with figures of Syrin that would have looked similar to this gorgeous carven griffin.