The pair of volutes on this finial is carved with extraordinary sensitivity. The crowning element, which is missing, may have been a palmette or a sphinx. The latter is less likely, given the limited size of the volute block. The reported discovery of this piece near the beautiful fragment with the head of a youth raises the possibility that both originally belonged to the same stele.
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