Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Votive sphinx
Context: From Athens, Acropolis
Findspot: Found at Athens, Acropolis (found in the Winter of 1882-1883 East of the Parthenon)
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. 540 BC - ca. 530 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.55 m; W. 0.50 m
Scale: Large
Region: Attica
Period: High Archaic


Subject Description: This sphinx is seated profile to the right, turning her head to the left to face the viewer. Her hair is arranged in waves (indicated by incisions) over her forehead and cascading over each shoulder to just below the bottom of the neckline.

Form & Style: Brouskari wonders if this sphinx might be the same sculptor as the Volomandra Kouros (Athens, NM 1906).

Condition: Intact

Condition Description: Only the upper half of the sphinx is presrved, slightly chipped on the edge of the wing and on the nose, with some dark stains on the torso, but hints of painted decoration on the wing.

Sources Used: Brouskari 1974, 47, fig. 82

Other Bibliography: Lullies & Hirmer, no. 56, pl. 56; Karouzos 1961, cat. IA5; Deyhle 1969, 49-50, fig. 18.2; Schuchhardt in Langlotz & Schrader 1939, 259 no. 372, pl. 164; Payne 1936, 10, pl. 56