Limestone funerary stele (shaft) surmounted by two sphinxes
last quarter of the 5th century BCE
88.2 x 68.5cm
Elegant sphinxes are positioned back-to-back with their heads turned so that they could be seen in three-quarters perspective. The calm beauty of the creature’s head, the form of the palmettes, and the egg and dart molding that decorates the base of the platform are typical of Greek art of the fifth century BCE.