Sphinxs of Amfipoli 14x22cm
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During the excavations at the tomb of Amphipolis, two headless sphinxes were uncovered, which were supposed to be guarding the gate of the tomb. The sphinxes are made of Thassos marble and have a height of 1.45 m. while it is estimated that along with their heads, their height will surpass 2 m. Also, parts of their wings, which they had been separated from the statues were identified, allowing the archaeologists to proceed to their full recovery.
In ancient Greece, the Sphinx was a monster with a woman’s head, huge body, claws of a lion and wings of a large bird of prey. Her father was Tifonas (the word Tifonas means hurricane) and her mother, Echidna. She used to live in Fikeio mountain, near Thebes, and she did not allow anyone to pass unless they managed to solve a riddle. Indeed, the Sphinx would kill anyone who did not solve the riddle, and if someone found the solution, the Sphinx would fall from the mountain and be killed. Oedipus was the one who managed to find the solution to the riddle and from that time on, the Sphinx did not cause any more trouble to any other passerby.
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