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Sphinx

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Human-headed sphinx with entended forepaws, lying on a rectangular base with its tail drawn up around its left hip.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, debris south of Great Temple of Amen. 1919-1920: excavated in four fragments by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, December 1919 and January 1920; 1921: alloted to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 1st–4th century A.D.

Object Place

Gebel Barkal, Nubia, Sudan

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 22.8 x 12.1 x 30.8 cm (9 x 4 3/4 x 12 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.2633

Medium or Technique

Black granodiorite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture