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Image of Plaquette of a Sphinx 1672


Unknown Artist (Greek)


Plaquette of a Sphinx

Creation Date

ca. 470 BC


5th century BC


2 15/16 in. x 3 1/8 in. (7.5 cm. x 8 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

Europe, Greece

Medium and Support


Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926


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The Greek sphinx is a composite typically represented with the body of a lion, wings, and a human head. Winged versions are typically found in Near Eastern contexts. Assyrian texts identify this fantastic creature as the protective figure lamassu (feminine apsasu). The Greek version here recalls the Near Eastern type.

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