Limestone fragment of a sphinx supporting an incense burner
mid-5th century B.C.
Overall: 2 5/8 × 4 3/4 in. (6.7 × 12.1 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
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.