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Reproduction of an ivory plaque with a sphinx

Emile Gilliéron fils

Period:
Late Helladic III
Date:
ca. 1400–1200 B.C.
Culture:
Mycenaean
Medium:
painted plaster
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/2 x 3 in. (3.8 x 7.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Dodge Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.132.5
  • Description

    Excavated 1877 in a tholos tomb at Spata near Athens.

    Sir Arthur Evans referred to images of sphinxes like this one with a plumed crown as sacred animals and saw them as parallels for his reconstruction of the Priest-King relief, who wears a similar elaborate plumed crown adorned with lilies.

    The original is in the Athens National Archaeological Museum.

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