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Sphinxes in Ancient Egypt

  • 05 16, 2023

Sphinxes in Ancient Egypt

The Sphinx is one of the most famous historical monuments in the Arab Republic of Egypt and specifically in the Egyptian city of Giza, due to its unique appearance and its unique location near the pyramids of Giza, which is one of the most important symbols of ancient Egyptian civilization along with this historical statue, and many indicate History and archeologists point out that this great statue belongs to the ancient Egyptian civilization and specifically to the period of the rule of the Fourth Dynasty that ruled Egypt at that time, and some of them dated the ownership of this statue to King Khafra, one of the ancient Egyptian kings and rulers.

This statue of the Sphinx was carved from a single block of stone, and this statue was formed with a lion's body representing strength and the head of a person representing intelligence, which made him combine in a unique genius the strength of the animal with the intelligence of man represented by the person of the reigning king of Egypt as the son of the god Amun Ra, the Lord of the Holy Sun.

The statue is missing his chin, some of which are displayed in sphinxes at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square and the British Museum in London, and in front of "Abu Hool" there are architectural remains of a sizeable unfinished temple, and this temple dates back to the era of the Fourth Dynasty.

In the era of the New Kingdom, statues of the "Sphinx" with the head of a ram or the head of a falcon spread to the forefront of Luxor and Karnak temples. And King Tuthmosis the Fourth, from the age of the eighteenth family in the modern state, set up a dream painting between the two claws of the statue of Abul-Hall in Giza to support his rise to the throne of Egypt based on his fabrication of a story confirming the support of the god to him to become the next ruler of Egypt at that time.

The campaigns led by Tuthmosis the Third to Asia had a great impact on the development of the Sphinx statues, for the first time the victorious Sphinx who trampled his enemies under his feet appeared, and only in this era did the Sphinx abandon his human head and replace it with the head of the legendary dog ​​or the heads of rams such as those at the entrance to the temple Karnak.

In the Greco-Roman era, there appeared 3 different types of "forms" of the Sphinx statues, one of which is the pure Egyptian style, which is a style that has not changed from the traditional form of the Sphinx, which was known in previous times. The third was a mixture between the Egyptians and the Greeks. The headdress of the statue is pure Egyptian, while the claws and the crossed legs are Greek.

The Sphinxes were not only used through the ages in Egypt but also used outside Egypt, due to two reasons. The first is trade relations and the second is the extension of the Egyptian state to its control and influence that reached south of the Anatolian Mountains. Then, an ivory statue of Nimrod appeared in Assyria.


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It is a well-known figure in Egyptian, Asian, and Greek mythology. The sphinx was a spiritual guardian in ancient Egypt, and was most often represented as a male with a pharaoh headdress—as is the Great Sphinx—and sculptures of the creatures were frequently featured in tomb and temple decoration.

Feline sphynxes were given the name after the mythical sphinx of Egypt, despite the fact that the cat's name is pronounced with a "y" rather than a "i" because of its elegant appearance and demeanor. They may appear majestic, but they are actually lovable buddies who occasionally behave more like dogs than cats.


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