Antique Grand Tour Patinated Bronze Sphinx on stepped Marble base

Antique Grand Tour Patinated Bronze Sphinx on stepped Marble base

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Antique Grand Tour Patinated Bronze Sphinx on stepped Marble base. Wonderful patination, of good size and beautifully cast. The Sphinx is an iconic image of a recumbent lion with a human head, invented by the Egyptians of the Old Kingdom, but a cultural import in archaic Greek mythology.   French circa  1880   Height 20cm Length 27cm