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Gold pendant in the form of a sphinx

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th–4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cypriot
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/16 x 13/16in. (3 x 2cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3382
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
The representation of the sphinx shows an awkward compromise between rendering the figure three-dimensionally, as in the treatment of the legs, and adapting it to a predominantly two-dimensional surface.
Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. V, 3, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Alexander, Christine. 1928. Jewelry: The Art of the Goldsmith in Classical Times as Illustrated in the Museum Collection. p. 17, fig. 30, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 158, 290, pl. 130e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Sphinx, no. 160, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 184, p. 247, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 391, p. 240, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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