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Sphinxes with a Human Head and with a Ram Head at Point Y. Karnak (Thebes)

Égypte et Nubie, sites et monuments les plus intéressants pour l'étude de l'art et de l'histoire, pl. 68

Sphinxes with a Human Head and with a Ram Head at Point Y. Karnak (Thebes)

1851-1852

Félix Teynard

(French, 1817-1892)

Goupil et Cie

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Salted paper print from calotype negative

Image: 23.8 x 31.1 cm (9 3/8 x 12 1/4 in.); Paper: 38 x 50 cm (14 15/16 x 19 11/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)

Gift of Betty and Max Ratner in honor of Arielle Kozloff 1992.331

Description

The monumental sphinx at Giza, which has the head of a man and the body of a lion, is one of the most iconic symbols of ancient Egypt. The country contains other, humbler versions of this mythical creature. The one here with the head of a ram is only nine feet long and held a statue of a human between its paws.

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