Lampbearing Sphinx

Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pharohs

We were surprised to see the original of this unusual style in the current show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is an exquisite little sphinx just 4 inches long carved from dark grey schist stone from the 16th Dynasty, that is 2255-2246 BCE. The statue is identified as The Sphinx of Merenre I offering to Re of Heliopolis. It is the earliest known example of a sphinx with lamps in its paws.

Height: 14 inches
Width: 24 1/2 inches
Diameter: 10 5/8 inches
Material: Bronze
Culture: Egyptian
Country: Java
Price: $950