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The sphinx has a light brown to yellow patina, with rough surfaces. Left eye, nose, mouth, and chin have been damaged; the start of the left front leg survives. The curved wing is in perfect preservation, as it loops back to join the body, giving the seated sphinx a look of crouching alertness....

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Presumably from Vulci; by date unknown: Count Sottolimeno Collection, Livorno; according to his declaration of antiquity: purchased by Robert E. Hecht, Jr. in 1956 from Count Sottolimeno in whose family it had been for 3 generations; November 1963: purchased by Horace L. Mayer from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; loaned by Horace L. Mayer to MFA, November 8, 1963; gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 26, 1963

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Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Italic, Etruscan, Archaic Period, about 560 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 392; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


Height x length: 69 x 60 cm (27 3/16 x 23 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World