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Great Egyptian Sphinx at Giza Replica
Great Sphinx at Giza Pyramid Guardian Statue 15L
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9"H x 15.5"L x 6.5W
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The word "
" used by the Greeks derives perhaps from the Egyptian
meaning "Living Statue". It designates a type of statue joining a
human head to the body of a lion
combining the strength of the lion with a human intelligence. The Egyptian Sphinx was, with only a few exceptions in representations of some Queens of the Middle Kingdom, shown as male. Also, the Egyptian Sphinx was viewed as benevolent, a guardian, whereas the Greek Sphinx was invariably malevolent towards people. The Sphinx was the embodiment of royal power often shown smiting the King's enemies, or the King himself being represented as a victorious Sphinx trampling on his foes.
This particular sphinx statue is reproduced after perhaps the most famous one at the
Giza Plateau in Cairo
, Egypt (ca. 2550 B.C.). It greets the visitor before the long causeway which led up to the tomb of the Pharaoh King Khafre (Khefren). Sphinx is made to look weathered from resin, with a stone color, 9"H x 15.5"L x 6.5W.
More about the Pyramids at Giza:
Proud monument of a civilization that has long since disappeared, the great pyramid was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ancient Egyptians saw the pyramid as the primal hill, the creator's birthplace and throne. It's golden capstone was their point of contact with the Gods. According to current archaeological belief, the pyramid was built as a funerary tomb for Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) but the only funerary element that remains is a stone sarcophagus, and no sign of a mummy or other funerary elements has been detected. Covering 13 acres, it contains 2.3 million blocks of limestone ranging in weight from 2.5 to 15 tons stacked to a height of 481 feet for the original pyramid which now stands at 450 feet high. Before the outer limestone blocks were stripped, each side measured 755 feet, now 746 feet. The great pyramid was built with an extraordinary array of mathematical and astronomical measurements that required advance scientific knowledge. The building effort must have been monumental for that epoch and probably took place over an extended period of time.
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