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Bronze foot in the form of a sphinx

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 600 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 7/8 x 8 x 6 1/2 in. (27.6 x 20.3 x 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift from the family of Howard J. Barnet, in his memory, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.660
  • Description

    Between the eighth and sixth centuries B.C., elaborate bronze vessels were among the preeminent creations of Greek artists. This foot was probably one of three supporting an extremely large, shallow basin. Mythological creatures such as the sphinx here and the griffin (1972.118.54) nearby should be understood as guardian figures not simply decoration.

  • References

    Mertens, Joan. 2001. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2000-2001." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 59(2): p. 9.

    Mertens, Joan R. 2002. "An Early Greek Bronze Sphinx Support." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 37: pp. 23-26, figs. 1-3.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 35, pp. 52, 145.

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