See also: Category:Sphinxes
A Sphinx is an iconic image of a recumbent lion with the head of a ram, bird, or human, invented by the Egyptians of the Old Kingdom, but a cultural import in archaic Greek mythology, where it received its name (Greek Σφιγξ, "strangler"). The best known is the Great Sphinx of Giza.
Egyptian mythological creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion
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The Great Sphinx of Giza.
The Great Sphinx of Giza, with the Pyramid of Khafre in the background.
The Sphinx in Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Middle East sphinxes
Sphinx Gate at Hattusa, Turkey
Persian sphinx from Persepolis
Sphinx from the temple of Zeus Labrandeus
Coin from Byblos, circa 450–410 BCE
Sphinxes in paintings
David Roberts, RA