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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:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
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.
Osborne, Robin. 2000. "An Other View: An Essay in Political History." Not the Classical Ideal: Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art, Beth Cohen, ed. no. 16, p. 29, Leiden: Brill.

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