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Sphinx


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Description "Sphinx, dog of Hades, whom are you guarding, watching over the dead?"-funerary inscription from Thessaly. The role of the sphinx as a guardian spirit was often a funerary one. Like the griffins that adorned earlier cauldrons of the Orientalizing period, sphinxes such as this one served as "watchdogs" over the precious contents of bronze vessels, which sometimes held the cremated remains of the deceased.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/01/1960Treatmentcleaned; mounted
9/23/1960Treatmentcleaned
9/23/1960Treatmentstabilized
4/17/1962Treatmentstabilized; other
Exhibitions
  • Flight, Fantasy, Faith, Fact. Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 1953-1954.
Provenance Lambros Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Jean P. Lambros and Giovanni Dattari Sale, Paris, June 17-19, 1912, lot 214; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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Period
ca. 550 BC (Archaic)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.770
Measurements
2 7/8 x 1 15/16 x 11/16 in. (7.3 x 5 x 1.8 cm) base: 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 1 3/16 in. (1.6 x 5 x 3 cm)
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