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Architrave block from the Temple of Athena at Assos with facing sphinxes

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Two recumbent sphinxes placed heraldically facing one another occupy the whole face of this block. They are carved in somewhat higher relief than the figures of the block with Pholos, Herakles, and the centaurs (84.67 a and b). In the center between the sphinxes is a small, slender column...

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Provenance

From the architrave of the Temple of Athena at Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); reused in a medieval wall at the northwest part of the citadel at Assos. 1881: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America

Greek, East Greek, Archaic Period, about 540–525 B.C.

Findspot

Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 020; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 106-107 (additional published references).

Dimensions

82 x 190 cm (32 5/16 x 74 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

84.68

Medium or Technique

Trachyte

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements