Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Votive statue of a sphinx
Context: From Athens, Acropolis
Findspot: Found at Athens, Acropolis
Summary: Sphinx
Object Function: Votive
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Separated fragments
Style: High Archaic
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 560 BC - ca. 550 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.73 m
Scale: Large
Region: Attica
Period: High Archaic

Subject Description: A sphinx sits on her haunches, and looks straight ahead. Her hair cascades down her back and shoulders in thick locks; it is bound just above the neck with a thick taenia.

Condition: Intact

Condition Description: The statue is missing the front legs and the base. The surface is slightly chipped, especially on the thighs, wings, ends of hair, chin, nose, and eyes.

Material Description: Island marble, according to Brouskari

Sources Used: Brouskari 1974, 37, figs. 48-49

Other Bibliography: Karouzos 1961, 45; Schuchhardt in Langlotz & Schrader 1939, 258 no. 371, pl. 165; Payne 1936, 10, pls. 7-9