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Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of a sphinx

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Mouth and handle of vase in black glaze. Color well-preserved on vase and figure. Over white ground on sphinx, red-brown lips and hair, yellow braid, blue wings with yellow edge.


By date unknown: Charles Deering Collection; by date unknown: Barbara Deering Danielson Collection; gift of Barbara Deering Danielson to MFA, December 8, 1982

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Deering Danielson

Greek, Late Classical Period, about 350–325 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Height x width x length:11.8 x 3 x 6.5 cm (4 5/8 x 1 3/16 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Figural


The Ancient World