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Bronze foot in the form of a sphinx

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 600 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 7/8 x 8 x 6 1/2 in. (27.6 x 20.3 x 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift from the family of Howard J. Barnet, in his memory, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.660
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 150
Between the eighth and sixth centuries B.C., elaborate bronze vessels were among the preeminent creations of Greek artists. This foot was probably one of three supporting an extremely large, shallow basin. Mythological creatures such as the sphinx here and the griffin (1972.118.54) nearby should be understood as guardian figures not simply decoration.
Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Christopher S. Lightfoot, and Seán Hemingway. 2001. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 2000–2001: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 59(2): p. 9.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2001. "One Hundred Thirty-first Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 131: p. 19.

Mertens, Joan R. 2002. "An Early Greek Bronze Sphinx Support." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 37: pp. 23–26, figs. 1–3.

Mertens, Joan R. 2002. "An Early Greek Bronze Sphinx Support." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 37: pp. 23–26, figs. 1–3.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 35, pp. 52, 145, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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