|Sphinxes – note their
use as decoration on a ritually significant ceremonial cup (called rhytons,
for pouring libations, or liquid offerings to the gods). Sphinxes are only
one of many creatures in Greek mythology that are liminal: they blur the
distinction between man and beast (or other) and are thus quite frightening.
Other liminal creatures include centaurs, satyrs, Amazons, and sirens.