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Bas-relief. Mesopotamian Sphinx, left. 49,5 x 33 cm.

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High quality bas-relief made of reconstituted marble (marble powder and chronolite). Aged patina with natural earth.

Measurements: Height: 49,5 cm. Width: 33 cm. Depth: 2.5 cm.

Reproduction inspired by old museum models.

In this figure we reproduce a fragment of a relief of a winged Sphinx from the palace of the Persian King Darius I in Susa (present-day Iran), dated around 510 BC. The original, made of glazed brick, is now in the Louvre Museum.

These Persian sphinxes are an inheritance from the Assyrian tradition of the lammasu, large sculptures with human heads, wings and the body of a bull or lion. The lammasu in Assyrian mythology were celestial genies whose effigies were placed on the thresholds of palace gates to protect the palace enclosures.

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