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Phonecian Gold Sphinx - LM.81
Origin: Lebanon
Circa: 900 BC to 500 BC

Collection: Biblical
Medium: Gold


Additional Information: same as OS.078 / f

Location: Great Britain
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Description
The amulet has the form of a standing sphynx. The face is that of a human female, with plain top of head and braided hair falling down the back and sides. A necklace appears at the front over the throat. The body is that of a plump bovine with stubby legs and three grooves around the ankles. The tail curls and nearly reaches the ground. The wings are raised and marked for the feathers. There is a suspension hole through the middle of the head, and a whole was begun at the back of the body, but not continued. This is a work of Phoenician craftsmanship. It is of course derived from the Egyptian sphynx, but has been developed in Phoenicia to suit local taste and custom. It is in very good condition and is a rare item in this quality and of solid gold. - (LM.81)

 

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