Anatolian Female Sphinx, Early 1st Millennium BC
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1143777
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Shell limestone Anatolian sphinx with the body of a recumbent lion with short forepaws, the tail turning over the right haunch.
The female head showing a receding forehead, large eyes, heavy cheeks and full lips. Tresses to both sides of face and a queue down the neck.
Anatolian, early 1st millennium BC
H. 6.4 cm (2.5 in)
L. 8 cm (3.1 in)
Small section of the forepaws and of the plinth missing. Otherwise excellent condition with lively asymmetric carving. Surface with some hits, tip of the nose and lips slightly worn. Dendrite-like black organic soil deposits. Root marks.
Swiss private collection, acquired 1968-1978 (data will be provided to the buyer)
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.