Ornament in the form of a sphinx

Greek
Hellenistic Period
130–31 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 16 cm (6 5/16 in.) Weight: 1.54 gm

Accession Number

82.268

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

An ornament in the form of a seated sphinx. The function is uncertain. A high, scroll wing curves above the head. The other wing is missing and may never have been added since there is no evidence of damage. The sphinx sits on a thin flat disc. A suspension loop is attached to the base of the sphinx, so it would hang upside down if threaded.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Cavandonis; November 1882: purchased by MFA from Cavandonis for $ 58.50

Credit Line

General Funds