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

Archaic Period
about 535–530 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 017; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 106 (additional published references).


40.724a: Height x width: 15.6 x 11 cm (6 1/8 x 4 5/16 in.) 40.724b: Height x width: 11.1 x 25.5 cm 4 3/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Pentelic

Not On View


The Ancient World



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


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 40.724b.

Credit Line

1931 and 1939 Purchase Funds