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SKU: EPA-005
Total Dimensions: Height 9'' x Width 7.5''
Approximate Weight: 10 LBS
Original Reproduction: Reproduction
This figurine is a fabulous depiction of a Greek Sphinx. The Sphinx is said to have guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, and to have asked a riddle of travelers to allow them passage. In Greek mythology, a sphinx is represented as a monster with a head and breasts of a woman, the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and a serpent headed tail. The word sphinx comes from the Greek σφî¯γξ, apparently from the verb σφî¯γγω (sphíngå), meaning "to strangle".[This name may be derived from the fact that the hunters for a pride of lions are the lionesses, and kill their prey by strangulation, biting the throat of prey and holding them down until they die. The sphinx was the emblem of the ancient city-state of Chios, and appeared on seals and the obverse side of coins from the sixth century BC until the third century AD. The Sphinx was a terrible monster with a fondness for riddles. She asked a question of everyone who passed. She strangled and devoured anyone unable to answer. "What has one voice and walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?" No one had ever answered correctly, and the Sphinx was well fed. But one day a clever man named Oedipus came along and gave the answer "man." A person crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult and uses a cane-a third leg-in old age. Distraught over being outwitted, the Sphinx threw herself off her high perch and died on the road below. Despite the tragic implications of the story, this piece is still exquisite, casted using the lost wax method, ensuring a sculpture that will surely be a treasure for years to come. Get one for the fierce person in your life and is signed by artist Botero.
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Hot cast bronze is created by pouring a molten metal mixture into a mold.  Before the metal can be poured, our artists must first create the mold on a medium such as clay, rubber, or wood.  Each mold allows for a limited number of pours, and therefore a limited amount of sculptures can be created in any given round of production before the mold is destroyed and the artist must create a new mold.

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