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Female head (sphinx)

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The end of the nose is restored. The surfaces are slightly chipped, worn, and pitted. Otherwise, the condition is excellent. A yellowish patina covers the surfaces. This is a Greco-Roman copy of an original made about 450 B.C. The hair of this somewhat severe female with full lips is parted...

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By 1888: with R. Lanciani (according to Sculpture in Stone, entry 137: from the Scalambrini Sale); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $491.89 (this is the total purchase price for MFA 88.346–530)

Credit Line

Everett Fund

Greek, Greco-Roman Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 137.


21.5 x 13 cm (8 7/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World