Inscribed fragments from upper part of a grave stele: seated Sphinx

Greek
Archaic Period
about 535–530 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 017

Dimensions

10.8 x 28.9 x 5.1 cm (4.25 x 11 3/8 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

40.724b

Medium or Technique

Marble, Pentelic

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Inscriptions

One of two preserved fragments from a dedicatory inscription associated with the grave stele with a seated sphinx (40.576).

Provenance

Said to have been found in Vari, near Sounio, Greece [see note 1]. July 23, 1930, sold by Edward Zoumpoulakis (dealer), Athens, to Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P7165); 1940, sold by Brummer Gallery to the MFA for $65,000 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: October 10, 1940)

NOTES: [1] According to the Brummer Gallery stock card. [2] Acquired with MFA accession nos. 40.576 and 40.724a.

Credit Line

1931 and 1939 Purchase Funds