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Relief amphora decorated with a winged Potnia Theron (Mistress of Beasts) flanked by two Eastern-style sphinxes
Crete
Orientalizing Period, Daedalic Style, 7th century BCE
Pottery
H: 127; W: 80 cm
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 71.19.112
 
 
The neck and body of the amphora is covered by registers, a winged Potnia Theron (Lady of the Animals) framed by two Sphinxes on the neck, horsemen on the upper register on the body of the amphora, and spiraling scrolls on the middle register. The sphinx, a creature of eastern origin, had the face of a woman, the chest and feet of a lion, and the wings of a bird of prey. Complete amphorae with similar decoration have been found in many sites in Crete, suggesting a Crete workshop, dating to the 7th century BCE.

Publications:
Weinberg, Saul S., Early Greek and Italian Vases, Israel Museum News 10, 1975, Hebrew

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir