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Ornament in the form of a sphinx

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An ornament in the form of a seated sphinx. The function is uncertain. A high, scroll wing curves above the head. The other wing is missing and may never have been added since there is no evidence of damage. The sphinx sits on a thin flat disc. A suspension loop is attached to the base of...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Cavandonis; November 1882: purchased by MFA from Cavandonis for $ 58.50

Credit Line

General Funds

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 130–31 B.C.

Dimensions

Height: 16 cm (6 5/16 in.) Weight: 1.54 gm

Accession Number

82.268

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment