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Limestone fragment of a sphinx supporting an incense burner

Period:
Classical
Date:
mid-5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 5/8 × 4 3/4 in. (6.7 × 12.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2554
Not on view
The incense burner, with traces of red paint on the edges, the tips of the wings, and the head of the sphinx, remain. The sphinx shows a serious expression.
From a tomb at Kythrea

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1885. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 1. pl. CVL.693, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1087, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 380, p. 279, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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