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.