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Striding Sphinx

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 945-712 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 22 to Dynasty 24
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 1 5/8 x 5 in. (14 x 4.1 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The king as sphinx, in bronze, standing on standard, flanked by two uraeus serpents. Sphinx is of slender greyhound type with human head, pierced ears, bearded and wearing lappet wig. Tail curved in great loop over back; originally fitted with headdress, now lost. Remains of gilding on apron. Wings incised on body, a rare detail in the New Kingdom. Condition: Good. Repairs on both hind legs. Uncertain if tail is original. Remains of gilding and perhaps of black-coating on bronze. Deep gash on right cheek.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Striding Sphinx, ca. 945-712 B.C.E. Bronze, 5 1/2 x 1 5/8 x 5 in. (14 x 4.1 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.20. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.20_threequarter_front_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE 61.20_threequarter_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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