- Excavated/Findspot: Temple of Ramses II
- (Africa,Egypt,Abu Simbel (Nubia),Temple of Ramses II)
- Length: 106.5 centimetres
- Height: 33 centimetres
M.A. Corzo, Nefertari Luce d'Egitto, Rome 1994, p. 134 . Published:
C. Ziegler, The Pharaohs, Venice 2002, p. 383 .
PM VII, p.108
The sphinx represents royal power. The composite creature combines the physical strength of the lion with the worldly might of the king, thus creating a creature with terrifying power. A hawk-headed sphinx, also called a gryphon, wearing a royal lappet head-dress, is often shown as a representation of the king treading on his enemies. The statue shown here and a similar one (EA.11) were set up near the Temple of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel. It is possible that this hawk-headed sphinx was intended to represent the king's powerful ability to defeat his enemies in the lands south of Egypt.
2002 8 Sept-2003 25 May, Venice, Palazzo Grassi, Les Pharaons
Erroneously entered as being from the 1835 collection. This piece is a well-known object from the 1821 purchase (along with 11). [NCS 9/2/05]
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA69609
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