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Object ID
2005.8.32
Object Name
Figurine
Material
Clay; Stone
Access Points
Object Description
This is a small figurine for either decorative or religious purpose. Depicts two sphinx figures with wings sitting on the top of a column or some type of architecture. The two figures are molded into one another.
Origin
In Greek mythology, a sphinx is represented as a monster with a head of a woman, the body of a lioness, the wings of an eagle, and a serpent-headed tail. There was a single sphinx in Greek mythology, a unique demon of destruction and bad luck. The Sphinx is said to have guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, and to have asked a riddle of travellers to allow them passage.
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Citation
Figurine, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/6354. Accessed 04/15/21.