Solid Cast Protome in Form of a Sphinx

Culture: Roman
Period: 2nd century A.D.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 8 cm x 7.5 cm
Price: 2.400 Euro
Ref: 3415
Provenance: Private collection Lyon, France.
Condition: Forelegs and the front half of the right wing have been missing since ancient times.
Description: Solid cast bronze statuette in form of a sphinx, which probably served as a furniture foot. The raised figure with a female head and upper body, the muscular lower body of a lion with a long, fluffy tail and drawn-up hind legs. The hair of the sphinx is parted in the middle and wavy falling down to the shoulders. The eyes inlaid in silver. The wings are worked out in great detail and spread out to the rear. The figure has a four-way perforated fitting on the back, which was fixed to a piece of furniture as a right corner piece.