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Relief amphora decorated with a winged Potnia Theron (Mistress of Beasts) flanked by two Eastern-style sphinxes

Relief <i>amphora</i> decorated with a winged <i>Potnia Theron</i> (Mistress of Beasts) flanked by two Eastern-style sphinxes

Relief amphora decorated with a winged Potnia Theron (Mistress of Beasts) flanked by two Eastern-style sphinxes

Pottery

H: 127; W: 80 cm

Gift of Norbert Schimmel, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

71.19.112

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

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.

From the Israel Museum publications:

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