Phoenician Ivory Plaque Depicting a Winged Sphinx

Phoenician Ivory Plaque Depicting a Winged Sphinx

Date ca. 8th century BCE

Movement Ancient Near EasternPhoenician

Medium Ivory

Dimensions height approx. 7’

Provenance Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud, Iraq

Housed at The British Museum, London


The multi-cultured spirit of Phoenicia shines through in this piece, combining an Egyptian sphinx with smooth, rounded lines more common of Mesopotamian works.