Sphinx of Queen Hatshepsut

Sphinx of Queen Hatshepsut

The sphinx of Queen Hatshepsut is carved in a fairly classical pose, in a similar manner to the Middle Kingdom sphinxes of Amenemhat III. The front legs extend forward and the tail curls around the …

Sphinx of King Thutmose III

Sphinx of King Thutmose III

Granodiorite statue of the pharaoh Thutmose III depicted as a sphinx. In Egyptian art, the sphinx statue dates back to 4th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, more than a thousand years before the time of …

Great Sphinx of Giza, 1931

The head of the sphinx is encased in scaffolding and works are under way excavating the body. Early 20th-century excavation at the Giza Necropolis. An earlier Sphinx excavation was marked by the Dream Stele (around …

Sphinx of Queen Hatshepsut

Sphinx of Hatshepsut

As a sphinx, Hatshepsut displays a lion’s mane and a pharaoh’s beard. Hatshepsut ruled as a man, not as a woman, and for this reason her royal protocols and titles are always written without the …

Sphinx of Hatshepsut

The reconstructed sections of this sphinx have been cast from an almost identical, but more complete companion piece now in Cairo. The two small limestone sphinxes may have been on either side of the entrance …

Sphinx of King Amenemhat III

Sphinxes of King Amenemhat III

Seven sphinxes of Amenemhat III were found in Tanis in the eastern Delta. They were thus called the Tanite sphinxes. They evoke the superhuman power of the king and emphasize his fearful appearance. The vigorous …