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4387, Sphinx, Late 5th - early 4th century B.C.

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Greek; Southern Italian
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: h. 7 in / 18.5 cm

In Greek mythology, the Sphinx, half woman and half lion, was a dangerous monster who killed those who could not answer her riddle: “What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?” Oedipus correctly answered Man, who crawls as a baby, then walks on two feet, and uses a cane in old age. This sphinx figure, with delicately curved wings, was originally covered in a white slip that has since worn off.

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