Seller: saulgoodmanproductions (888) 100%, Location: The Graceful South, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 291190646003 Condition: New, with tag of authenticity and guarantee, and attached museum copy seal. In PERFECT condition., Material: Solid cast Bronze, Details: This is a beautiful, quality, classical reproduction of a Greek antiquity - The Greek Sphinx. The Greek Sphinx was a female monster of mythology. It had the head of a woman, the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle and a serpent-headed tail. (She was sent by the gods to plague the town of Thebes for some ancient crime.) She had a riddle. She would pose her question to the youths of the land, devouring all of those failed to solve the riddle. The riddle was: "A thing there is whose voice is one; Whose feet are four and two and three. So mutable a thing is none That moves in earth or sky or sea. When on most feet this thing doth go, Its strength is weakest and its pace most slow." "There walks on land a creature of two feet, of four feet, and of three; it has one voice, but sole among animals that grow on land or in the sea, it can change its nature; when it walks propped on most feet, then is the speed of its limbs less than has ever been before." "A thing there is whose voice is one; Whose feet are four and two." "What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?" Answer: Human. It was a baby, then a man, then finally grew old. It crawls on all fours as a baby (the morning), on two legs as an adult, (at noon), and with a cane as an elderly person, (in the evening). Sphinxes were popular in ancient art. Sphinx statues and figurines were often built onto the tombs of men who died in youth, (harkening back to acknowledge all the young men she killed and consumed in Thebes). This Sphinx was cast by the Nikolaos Theodosopoulos Studio / ArtGreka in Greece. In addition to the guarantee tag, and museum copy seal, the piece is also signed with the ArtGreka mark alongside the bottom edge of the base. It stands 4 1/4" tall X 2 1/4" across X 11/16" deep. It is hand cast and has blackish-green patina. It weighs 10.4 ounces. THEODOSOPOULOS ARTGREKA was founded in Athens, in 1950, by Blasios Theodosopoulos. At first the company’s main occupation was casting bronze, but gradually its activities were branched out into the field of trade by manufacturing bronze decoration and gifts products. In the early ‘80s, THEODOSOPOULOS ARTGREKA was already established in the field of bronze works and the offspring of Blasios, Nikolaos Theodosopoulos, is now in charge. The new manager’s restless spirit and his mind of deep insight, led him to a very daring step. He converted THEODOSOPOULOS ARTGREKA to a company that produces quality bronze reproductions of historic pieces and folk art. We bought this piece when we visited Athens in 1986. It would make a wonderful addition to your collection. Thank you for looking. Winning bidder to pay $5.95 Shipping/Handling. Insurance and Delivery Confirmation will be provided with this item ! Int'l. bidders, please contact us for applicable payment and shipping information. Orders generally ship within 1 Business Day of payment received. Please take a LOOK at our other listings ! THANK YOU!!!! :) Return policy: Please note..... All of my merchandise is guaranteed to be as described. I do not sell defective or inferior merchandise. Please check my feedback and bid with confidence. Buyers who are not satisfied with their items should contact me as soon as possible. On optional returns, I do reserve the right to retain my eBay and PayPal fees as well as my original postage cost. Thank you.