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 - Lernean hydra - Pegasus
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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

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

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

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

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

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

Greek sphinx, 5th century B.C. Greek Corinthian terracotta sphinx with female head wearing a polos with hair in curls, her wing outstretched across the back, 8 cm high max. Private collection

Greek sphinx, 5th century B.C. Greek Corinthian terracotta sphinx with female head wearing a polos with hair in curls, her wing outstretched across the back, 8 cm high max. Private collection

Pegasus on Greek terracotta relief with pegasus, Locrian Pinax, 490-460 B.C. Type 2/11, Greek terracotta relief, Locrian pinax with two pegasus, 20 x 13 cm. Private collection, ex Archea gallery Amsterdam

Pegasus on Greek terracotta relief with pegasus, Locrian Pinax, 490-460 B.C. Type 2/11, Greek terracotta relief, Locrian pinax with two pegasus, 20 x 13 cm. Private collection, ex Archea gallery Amsterdam

Satyr, Greek satyr playing double flute, 3rd century B.C. Greek terracotta statuette of seated satyr playing double flute, draped, with phallus exposed and tail, 12 cm high. Private collection

Satyr, Greek satyr playing double flute, 3rd century B.C. Greek terracotta statuette of seated satyr playing double flute, draped, with phallus exposed and tail, 12 cm high. Private collection

Satyr, Roman marble satyr from marble krater fragment, 1st-2nd century A.D. Satyr carrying on his shoulder a vase, 28 cm high. Private collection

Satyr, Roman marble satyr from marble krater fragment, 1st-2nd century A.D. Satyr carrying on his shoulder a vase, 28 cm high. Private collection

Canosan terracotta polychrome vase figuring a sphinx, 4th-3rd century B.C. 36.5 cm high. Private collection

Canosan terracotta polychrome vase figuring a sphinx, 4th-3rd century B.C. 36.5 cm high. Private collection

Imdugud, Mesopotamian Sumerian libation offering lion headed bird cup, 2400-2200 B.C. Compartmented bowl with lion head and tail of bird, probably Imdugud, the exterior decorated with 2 zigzag lines, head and tail, 5 cm high. In Sumerian mythology, Imdugud was a lion-headed eagle who was the doorkeeper to Enki's bath. Imdugud was considered the personification of the Southern Wind, the winds which brought rains and storms to Mesopotamia, said thunder was the sound of its roar. Private…

Imdugud, Mesopotamian Sumerian libation offering lion headed bird cup, 2400-2200 B.C. Compartmented bowl with lion head and tail of bird, probably Imdugud, the exterior decorated with 2 zigzag lines, head and tail, 5 cm high. In Sumerian mythology, Imdugud was a lion-headed eagle who was the doorkeeper to Enki's bath. Imdugud was considered the personification of the Southern Wind, the winds which brought rains and storms to Mesopotamia, said thunder was the sound of its roar. Private…

Guennol lioness, magnesite or crystalline limestone figure of a lioness, Elam, circa 3000-2800 B.C. Of powerful form and monumental conception, striding with the left leg advanced, the broad-shouldered upper body turned fully to the right with the paws clasped to the abdomen, the head with finely incised detail and wide-set eyes with circular pupils, four holes on the back for insertion of a tail, 8.2 cm high. World record for antiquities sold $57 millions from Sotheby's auction in 2007

Guennol lioness, magnesite or crystalline limestone figure of a lioness, Elam, circa 3000-2800 B.C. Of powerful form and monumental conception, striding with the left leg advanced, the broad-shouldered upper body turned fully to the right with the paws clasped to the abdomen, the head with finely incised detail and wide-set eyes with circular pupils, four holes on the back for insertion of a tail, 8.2 cm high. World record for antiquities sold $57 millions from Sotheby's auction in 2007

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