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3rd quarter of the 6th century B.C.Etruscannenfro-TuffH 100 cm; B 85 cm

A body of a cat, wings and a human head – this sculpture depicts a sphinx. This hybrid creature, originating from the Orient, was widely represented in Greek and Etruscan art from the 7th century B. C. In pairs, such sphinxes guarded Etruscan tombs. The almond shaped eyes, the soft smile and the tight curls cascading from her head are typical of the highly archaic art of the 6th century B. C. The MKG holds one of the most important collections of nenfro-sculptures outside Italy.