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Fragmentary head of a sphinx (?)

Fragment of yellow-orange terracotta head wearing a false beard and double crown, trace of red paint remaining on the crown, turned three-quarters to the left, hollow irregular fracture through the headress and lower part of the neck, back all gone.

Provenance

From Naukratis, Temple of Aphrodite. 1886-7: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; December 22, 1887, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: 1888).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian,

Findspot

Naukratis, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 2 x 4.8 x 7.7 cm (13/16 x 1 7/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

86.912

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture