Located below the Polygonal Wall of the Temple of Apollo, Naxian Sphinx was a votive offering at the Temple of Apollo by the people of Naxos, an island belonging to the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea.
Naxian Sphinx is a statue of the mythical creature that has the head of a woman, body of a lion and wings of an eagle. In ancient times, sphinxes were considered guardians of tombs and sanctuaries.
The statue was constructed in 560 BCE and was made from Naxian marble. It stood on a free-standing tall Ionic column that was 12 meters high and was an imposing sight at that time.
See the front view of the statue.
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