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Greek sphinx and other ancient mythological creatures

Greek sphinx - Medusa head - Gorgon head - Minotaur - Griffin - Master of the beast - Arachne - Achelous - Guennol lioness - Satyr - Polyphemus
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Cerberus on Caeretan hydria, 530 B.C. From Caere, Heracles, wearing his characteristic lion-skin, club in right hand, leash in left, presenting a three-headed Cerberus, snakes coiling from his snouts, necks and front paws to a frightened Eurystheus hiding in a giant pot. Louvre museum

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Dancing Faun, roman bronze sculpture from the House of the Faun, Pompeii. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples

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Sabaean incense burner or pipe, 3rd-2nd century B.C. Consists of a body in the form of the head of Selinus or the Egyptian god Bes, single support foot at back with bowl or opening at top of head with small hole at bottom exiting the satyr's open mouth, another small opening at the top of the bowl exits through the center hole of the spout at top, five other holes around it, 14,5 cm long. Private collection

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Greek Eros statuettes, hellenistic period, 2nd century B.C. Greek terracotta winged putti holding one basket of fruit and other a bunches of grapes, 13.9 cm high. Private collection

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Master of the Beasts standard sceptre, 10th-8th century B.C. Luristan bronze finial comprising of a tubular bulb with ribbed collar, narrow columnar shaft surmounted by a bifacial Master of Animals figure on hindlegs and formed as two canines like and two birds and stylised anthropomorphic figure, the finial connected by a tubular shape column, 42 cm high. Private collection

Luristan bronze statuette of a winged idol, 1st millenium B.C. Luristan bronze statuette of a winged idol monster holding snake with mouth, 4.6 cm high. Private collection

Luristan bronze cheek piece from a horse bit, Iran, 1000-650 B.C. Luristan bronze cheek piece from a horse bit in form of horned sphinx, 9.2 cm high. Private collection

Minoan bronze snake Goddess, Late Minoan I, 1600-1500 B.C. Holding a snake in each of her raised arms, wearing a long flounced skirt and a headdress with tall finial, with pronounced breasts, 5.2 cm high. Private collection

Medusa head, Greek Canosan Medusa antefix, 4th century B.C. Polychrome Canosan antefix showing the facing head of Medusa with traces of original black, pink and white pigments surviving, the serpents particularly well represented, 21 cm diameter. Private collection

Greek antefix, Tarantine terracotta antefix, late 6th century B.C. Semi circular in form, molded with a Horgoneion, the wide face with large Almond shaped eyes and a prominent nose, the tongue protruding through fanged teeth, with a pronounced chin, the beard with pointed locks, stylized hair across the forehead, three rows of braids framing the face, 20 cm high. Private collection