Red-Figure Squat Lekythos (Oil Container)
circa 425 BCE-390 BCE
5th century BCE
13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)
Medium and Support:
Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund and the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation, 1980
The sphinx, a mythical animal with the head of a human, the body of a lion, and the wings of a bird, stands with one paw over a wreathed altar. A creature with tremendous strength, the sphinx was usually depicted as a guardian figure for tombs.