A rare Nubian Green Faience Sphinx, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
The crouched figure with an upraised human head with a Nubian hairstyle consisting of four tresses emerging from the shaven crown to lie at the front, back, and each side, with a feline body, seated on an integrated plinth and a suspension loop at the back of the neck.
For a related example, see: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (1994), p. 78, no. 78d
Dimensions: Height: 1 1/4 inches (3 cm)
Condition: Tiny minor losses to the surface, but overall intact and in very good condition.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection of a diplomat, acquired while serving in Egypt between 1949 and 1956, and then by descent.
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