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Table support in the shape of a sphinx

Table support in the shape of a sphinx

Table support in the shape of a sphinx

Neo-Attic style

Pentelic marble

H: 42 cm

Gift of Ella Brummer, Durham, North Carolina, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in memory of her husband Ernest Brummer

Accession number:

82.21.860

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

Sphinx-shaped supports were very common in early Imperial times. They derived from a type of support dating from the 5th century BCE, which may have been used for cult statues or thrones.

Exhibitions:

Dragons, Monsters and Fabulous Beasts, Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem, 09/03/2004 - 06/04/2005