Sunday, July 5, 2009

A sphinx

This is another archaic grave statue, this time a sphinx. The import of this creature from the Asia came during the orientalizing period and even as they to a great extent disappear from ceramics they keep on being popular in this sort or context. This one is dated to around 560 BC.


Björn Nilsson said...

Do you mean that the idea of a sphinx, or this particular object itself, was imported from Asia? Is it known where this sphinx was erected?

Doesn't the things hanging down along the sides of the head give it a quite Egyptian look?

Patrik Klingborg said...

Sorry, my bad, I was referring to the idea of the sphinx, not the statue presented here.

The Egyptian inspiration is, as you suggest, there - just as in the case of the other stone art from the period (as the Kouros's and Kores).