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Attic red-figure lekythos with sphinx, late 5th century BC

Attic red-figure lekythos with sphinx, late 5th century BC

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1304438
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Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
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Squat lekythos decorated with a recumbent sphinx with raised forepaw.
Nice rendition of the female head and of the feline body. The front of the raised wings with tiny dots. The tail with a bushy tag.
Published 1936 in: CVA Poland, Collections Diverses, 24, pl. (106) 1.17. Also Beazley-Archiv vase no. 1011919.
Attic, late 5th century BC
H. 9.3 cm (3.7 in)
In ancient times a hole was purposely drilled in front of the sphinx to prevent that the vase could be reused.
The decorated area has survived passably while the rear of the vase is spalled. Handle reattached.
Ex Choynowski collection, Warsaw (Poland), item no. 31764. Acquired prior to 1936.

Joined by a search of the Art Loss Register London.

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