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Head probably from a sphinx

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The hair is arranged in waves around the forehead, tied with a broad fillet, and gathered in a large, wide loop behind the neck. The sudden curving out of the right shoulder suggests the subject was a sphinx, with head turned at a forty-five degree angle to the body as was the convention in...

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By 1946: Professor Vladimir G. Simkhovitch Collection (said to have come from Aegina); inherited by his daughter after his death in 1959, and kept by her until about 1973; by 1973: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., May 9, 1973

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Greek, Late Archaic to Early Transitional Period, about 480 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 025; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107 (additional published references).


Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, with some crystalline structure, from mainland Greece or perhaps from the Greek islands


The Ancient World