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Marble capital and finial in the form of a sphinx

Marble capital and finial in the form of a sphinx





Artist : Anonymous

Model : Sphinx

Date : near 530 B.C.

Material : Marble
Acquisition : Munsey Fund (1936)
Item 24 on 25
Greek Antiquities
Sculpture

Vitrine : V02

Area related
Attique (Greece)

Description   

This capital and sphinx originally crowed the tall grave marker of a youth and a little girl, on view in this gallery. A plaster copy has been set on the monument itself.

The sphinx, a mythological creature with a human head and a lion's body, was known in various forms throughout the eastern Mediterranean region from the Bronze Age. The Greeks represented it with a winged female and often places its image on grave monuments as guardian of the dead. This sphinx, which retains abundant traces of red, black and blue pigments, was carved separately from the capital on which it stands. This capital is in form of two double volutes designed like a lyre.

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