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.
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.