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Near Eastern or Anatolian female sphinx, 1st millennium BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1324797
Ostracon Ancient Art
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Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
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Very expressive Anatolian female 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 asymmetric cheeks and full lips. Tresses to both sides of the face and a queue down the nape of the neck.
For a related bronze example from Anatolia, cf. Hermann Historica Auktionen, Munich (Germany), April 2008 sale, lot no. 19.
Shell limestone
Near Eastern or Anatolian, 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 established between 1968 and 1978.

The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.