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Archeological Object



The sphinx stands on a rectangular base. It depicted a pharaoh, as is deduced from what remains of the nemes headdress: the front edges fall on his chest and were decorated with incised vertical lines and the end of the braid on the back; the mane of the lion is visible on the shoulder, made with incised lines which form a very decorative design. In the front there is still a trace of the ritual beard that decorated the human face. Unfortunately it  cannot be determined which sovereign was depicted as the cartouches inscribed on his chest were scraped off and replaced with the name of a Psammetico. The body of the animal is well proportioned and show the muscles; the tail is twisted around the right thigh.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 180
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:


  Definizione: statue
  Class and ware: Sculpture
  Title or subject:


Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: New Kingdom
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: granite
  Height: 19
  Length: 33
  Varie: Conservation status: good; the sculpture has chips in some places and superficial encrustation. The head and the fore legs are missing.

1983, Donatelli L., “La raccolta egizia di Giuseppe Acerbi”, Mantova, p. 35