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4878, Cumae

  • Record number: 4878
  • Site: Cumae
  • Roof element: Mould patrix?
  • Comparanda: Copenhagen NCG HIN 157 (H.38)
  • Remarks: No tile backer = mould patrix? Fairly crisp details. Thick raised band (W ca. 2.5) around edges, rounded across top. Above horizontal base, row of moulded tongues (H 2.7-2.9). Recessed above this is flat narrow band rising at center into banded volutes with moulded eyes. On top of volutes, forepaws of 2 sphinx bodies, shown in profile in heraldic pose, with shared frontal female head in polos. Tails rise from haunches & curve up & out, ending in down-turned oval end. Donated from Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Type of decoration: Double sphinx
  • Last Recorded Collection: British Museum
  • Mouldmade: yes
  • Height: 28.6
  • Width: 28.4
  • MPD: 4.5
  • Clay: Golden brown
  • Height head: 6.3
  • Height face: 4.5

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