Marble statue of a sphinx, fragmentary
- 3rd quarter of the 6th century B.C.
- joined to 11.185 a-f: 13 ft. 10 11/16 in. (423.4 cm)
- Stone Sculpture
- Credit Line:
- Munsey Fund, 1936
- Accession Number:
This capital and sphinx originally crowned the tall grave stele of a youth and a little girl (11.185a–c,f,g). The sphinx, which retains abundant traces of red, black, and blue pigment, was carved separately from the capital on which it stands. Its plinth was let into a socket at the top of the capital and secured by a metal dowel and a bed of molten lead. The capital is in the form of two double volutes (spiral scrolls) designed like a lyre. The front face of the capital also had a painted design of palmettes and volutes.