Oedipus & the Sphynx.
The Sphynx was a winged monster with a woman's head and a lion's body. Her victims, in order to avoid being torn to pieces, were challenged to answer the following riddle :
"What creature is two-legged, three-legged and four-legged and weakest of limb when it walks in more than two legs?"
Her victims were many but Oedipus gained the throne of Thebes by answering the riddle and thus freeing the city from the terrible monster.
His answer : "Man, who begins life in all fours and ends life leaning on a cane."
440 B.C. National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
12 x 12cm
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