Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) in the form of a sphinx Period:Late Classical Date:ca. Culture:Greek, Attic Medium:Terracotta Dimensions:H.) Classification:Vases Credit Line:Rogers Fund, 1906 Accession
Roman, Augustan ca. 27 B.C.-A.D. 14 The ornament, originally clad in silver, served as a furniture attachment or, more likely, as part of a candelabrum or a stand for a censer or bowl. Egyptianizing decorative arts were especially popular in Rome in the years after the defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 B.C. Other examples can be seen on the wall paintings from the villa at Boscotrecase, also displayed in this gallery.
Bronze reclining sphinx with an elaborate braided coiffure, the braided necklace draping across her naked breasts, a small rectangular platform resting on her back. Green patina and a light earthen patina on its surface. 400 BC ½” x 2 ½”)