|Scottish Rite Temple,
|Sphinx of Amenemhat III, Tanis, Egypt||Great Sphinx,
|Sphinx of Taharqa
“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/
Cartwright, Mark. “Sphinx.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. http://www.ancient.eu Accessed 4/10/2017.