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Upper part of a grave stele: seated sphinx (sphinx and capital)

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Sphinx and plinth were carved in island marble separately from the Pentelic marble capital. This plinth was let into a socket at the top of the capital and secured in a bed of molten lead. There is a large socket on the underside of the capital, with a pour hole from the back side. The abacus...

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By date unknown: with Brummer Gallery, Inc., 110 East 58th Street, New York; purchased by MFA from Brummer Gallery, Inc., October 10, 1940, for $ 65,000.00

Credit Line

1931 and 1939 Purchase Funds

Greek, Archaic Period, about 530 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 017; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 106 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 159.


Height: 141.7 cm (55 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, either island (sphinx and plinth) or Pentelic (capital)


The Ancient World