Limestone funerary stele (shaft) surmounted by two sphinxes
last quarter of the 5th century B.C.
Overall: 34 3/4 x 26 15/16in. (88.2 x 68.5cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 175
Elegant sphinxes are positioned back-to-back with their heads turned so that they could be seen in three-quarters perspective. The calm beauty of the creature's head, the form of the palmettes, and the egg and dart molding that decorates the base of the platform are typical of Greek art of the fifth century B.C.
From the necropolis of Golgoi
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