Sphinxes

Scottish Rite Temple,
Washington DC
Sphinx of Amenemhat III, Tanis, Egypt Great Sphinx,
Giza, Egypt
Sphinx of Taharqa
Kawa Sudan

Sphinxes

“A sphinx is a mythical creature with the body of a lion, most often with a human head and sometimes with wings. The creature was an Egyptian invention and had a male head – human or animal; however, in ancient Greek culture the creature had the head of a woman. The sphinx is also present in the art and sculpture of the Mycenaean, Assyrian, Persian and Phoenician civilizations.

Sphinxes were first created by the Egyptians and usually wore a nemes (head-dress) as worn by Pharaohs. Examples exist of sphinxes with human faces but surrounded by a lion’s mane, particularly from Nubia, and in the New Kingdom the head was sometimes that of a ram and representative of Amun…”http://www.ancient.eu/sphinx/

Resources

Cartwright, Mark. “Sphinx.”  Ancient History Encyclopedia.  http://www.ancient.eu Accessed 4/10/2017.