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Red-Figure Squat Lekythos (Oil Container)

circa 425 BCE-390 BCE
5th century BCE
13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)

Anonymous Primary

Object Type: ceramic
Artist Nationality: Europe, Greek-Attic
Medium and Support: Terracotta
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund and the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation, 1980
            
               Accession Number:                1980.43             
            
Object Description: 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.

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