The Alabaster Sphinx of Memphis



The Sphinx of Memphis is the largest Albastro sculpture ever built. Currently, the Alabaster Sphinx is on display in the open-air museum of Mit Rahina, next to the spectacular colossus of Ramses II.


The Alabaster Sphinx of Memphis

The village of "Mit Rahina" near "Badrashin" in Giza Governorate is considered the first capital of Egypt after the unification, and its ancient name was "Memphis". What we now know is that the one who founded this eternal city is King Menes in 3400 BC, that is, more than five thousand years ago. Unfortunately, there are only a few statues left, and a few stones and foundations that refer to the places of ancient temples.

The statue of a king from the era of the Middle Kingdom (1980 - 1630 BC) and the original owner is still unexpectedly unknown despite the size of this one rock of alabaster cut in the form of a mythological figure called by the Greeks as the sphinx, except that during the era of the modern state, inscriptions on the statue of King Ramses II, whose names and titles were carved around the base, were later rephrased, Later he added his son and successor King Merneptah his own name to the shoulders of the Great Sphinx.