Sphinx Picture

The Sphinx is most commonly associated with the Egytian old kingdom but also features prominently in Greek mythology. It is depicted as a lion with a head of, variously, a human (Androsphinx), a ram (Criosphinx) or a falcon (Hierocosphinx). The most famous example is the Great Sphinx of Giza, the massive statue next to the Great Pyramid, which is believed to bear the head of the Pharoah Khafra. dating backas far as 2500BC. Some archaeologists believe the statue is even older, dating from prehistoric times. In Thebes there were once as many as 900 ram-headed statues dedicated to the God Amon. The Sphinx of Greek mythology was a symbol of bad luck and destruction and was portrayed as a winged lion with the head of a woman.
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