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Sphinx

332 BCE-30 BCE
Ptolemaic Period (332 -30 BCE)
19 3/4 x 49 5/8 x 15 9/16 in. (50.2 x 126 x 39.6 cm)

Unknown, Egyptian
Egyptian

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Granite
Credit Line: R.T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1951.307
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: Frederic Morgan Collection

The sphinx, a mythical creature with a human head and a lion’s body, is found in many ancient cultures. In ancient Egypt, the sphinx, a version of the solar god Horus, represented the dawn and the early rising sun. Egyptians associated ruling pharaohs with Horus and his royal powers. Large stone sphinxes frequently guarded the tombs of pharaohs and high priests.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Frederic G. Morgan (d. 1920), Aurora, New York; purchased from his estate by the Gallery in 1951

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