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Head of a sphinx

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Head of a Ptolemaic ruler, wearing the nemes headdress. Nose and uraeus broken.


Prior to 1983: storage company in England that had consigned object due to overdue rent by owner ; circa 1983: sold by Queens Road Auction Rooms, Exeter, England, to David Southwick, Esq., Devon, England; July 8, 1991, Sotheby's sale, Antiquities, lot 196; June 2 1995, Christie's sale (lot 162), sold to Jack A. Josephson, New York; June 2003, purchased by the MFA from Jack A. Josephson. (Accession date: June 25, 2003)

Credit Line

Egyptian Curator's Fund

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 200–50 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 32 x 25 x 22 cm (12 5/8 x 9 13/16 x 8 11/16 in.) Base: 45.7 x 17.1 x 17.1 cm (18 x 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World