• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 27

    A RHODIAN LIMESTONE SPHINX

    CIRCA 6TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RHODIAN LIMESTONE SPHINX
    CIRCA 6TH CENTURY B.C.
    Wearing an egyptianizing headdress with side lappets, the striated wings outstretched above the back, tail curled around left hind leg, seated on an integral rectangular base, mounted
    3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) high excl. mount


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    Provenance

    Swiss private collection, acquired prior to 1960 by the grandmother of the present owner.
    An ink inscribed label reading 'Statuette IVème ... sphinx ... Kameiros ...'.