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Sphinx


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Description In Greek art, the sphinx was represented as a winged monster with a lion's body and a woman's head. According to the legend of Oedipus, the sphinx devoured men who failed to solve her riddle. Associated with the underworld, she was also a tomb guardian and a protector. During the 7th and 6th centuries BC, statues and statuettes of sphinxes were common dedications in sanctuaries or tombs and were also used as decorative elements on furniture or vessels, like the figurine shown here.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/14/1970Examinationexamined for condition; other
Exhibitions
  • A Renaissance Gem Revealed: Petrarch's Triumphs Disbound. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
Provenance Jean P. Lambros Collection Sale, Athens, 1912, no. 208; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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Period
ca. 540 BC
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.1194
Measurements
3 in. (7.6 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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