Bronze foot in the form of a sphinx


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.

Bronze foot in the form of a sphinx, Bronze, Greek

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