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Sphinx seated on an Aeolic capital

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The sphinx sits on top of an engaged Aeolic column with seven visible flutes. If continued as a full round column, it would have had nine flutes. The capital lacks the logic seen in built architecture: the point or wedge separating the volutes is below rather than above them, and both volutes...

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By early 1990s: with Ariadne Galleries, Inc., 970 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021; by early 1990s to 1993: purchased from Ariadne Galleries, Inc. by Ariel Herrmann; gift of Ariel Herrmann to MFA, December 28, in memory of Lucia Torossi

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Gift of Ariel Herrmann in memory of Lucia Torossi

Greek, South Italian, Classical Period, 480–460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Calabria (probably), Italy


Height x width x depth: 21.2 x 9.5 x 11.5 cm (8 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World