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Image of Plaquette of a Sphinx 1672

1923.7

Artist

Unknown Artist     

Title

Plaquette of a Sphinx

Creation Date

ca. 470 BC

Century

5th century BC

Dimensions

2 15/16 in. x 3 1/8 in. (7.5 cm. x 8 cm.)

Object Type

sculpture

Creation Place

Ancient Mediterranean, Greek (Melian)

Medium and Support

terracotta

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926

Copyright

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Accession Number

1923.7
The Greek sphinx is a composite typically represented with the body of a lion, wings, and a human head. Winged versions are typically found in Near Eastern contexts. Assyrian texts identify this fantastic creature as the protective figure lamassu (feminine apsasu). The Greek version here recalls the Near Eastern type.

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