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Stone Sphinx sculpture from a Roman tomb

Colchester Sphinx (Colchester)

The Colchester Sphinx is a stone sculpture from a Roman tomb, dating to AD 43 – 75. It was found in 1821 during the building of the Essex County Hospital on Lexden Road.

A sphinx is a mythological creature associated with death. She has the body of a winged lion and the face, arms and breasts of a woman. Here the sphinx represents the triumph of death over life. She is shown crouched over a pile of bones, clutching the head of the deceased in her claws.

 

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