Top Ten Statues of the Sphinx

Top Ten Statues of the Sphinx

       A sphinx is a mythical creature with, as a minimum, the body of a lion and the head of a human or a cat. In Greek tradition, it has the haunches of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face of a woman. She is mythicised as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer her riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are killed and eaten by this ravenous monster. Unlike the Greek sphinx which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man (an androsphinx). In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent in contrast to the malevolent Greek version and was thought of as a guardian often flanking the entrances to temples. In European decorative art, the sphinx enjoyed a major revival during the Renaissance. Later, the sphinx image, something very similar to the original Ancient Egyptian concept, was exported into many other cultures, albeit often interpreted quite differently due to translations of descriptions of the originals and the evolution of the concept in relation to other cultural traditions. Generally the role of sphinxes is associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples. The oldest known sphinx was found near Gobekli Tepe at another site, Nevali Çori, or possibly 120 miles to the east at Kortik Tepe, Turkey, and was dated to 9,500 BC.

  1. The Sphinx

    The Great Sphinx of Giza is the most famous statue in Africa and is an icon of Egyptian culture and a testament to their achievements. It resides on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile River and faces east. It dates to the fourth dynasty of ancient Egypt, although the exact date of its construction is uncertain. The head of the Great Sphinx is now believed to be that of the pharaoh Khafra.
    Links: Top Ten Egyptian Attractions, Top 100 African Sculptures, Top Ten Egyptian Sculptureshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx,
  2. Romanian Sphinx

    The Romanian Sphinx is a rock formation in the Bucegi Mountains in Romania. It is located at an altitude of 2,216 m, a 10 minute walk from the Babele. The first photo of the Great Bucegi Sphinx was probably taken in about the year 1900. This photo was taken from a front position, not from a lateral one, as it appears in the usual pictures nowadays. This way it was only named in the year 1936. The image of the sphinx appeared when the rock, having an 8 m height and a 12 m width, was watched from a certain angle.
    Links: Top Ten Romanian Attractions, Top 100 European Sculptures, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_(Romania),
  3. House of the Temple Sphinxes, Washington DC, USA

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    Links: Top Ten US Attractions, Top 100 North American Sculptures, Top 100 Freemasons,
  4. Phykion

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    Links: Top 100 European Sculptures, Top Ten Greek Sculptures,
  5. Town Hall of Paris

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  6. Bicha of Balazote

    The Bicha of Balazote is an Iberian sculpture that was found in the borough of Balazote in Albacete province (Castile-La Mancha), Spain. Bicha is a Spanish word, one meaning of which is a hybrid man/animal. Carlos Fuentes has called it the “Beast of Balazote.” The sculpture has been dated to the 6th century BC, and has been in the National Archaeological Museum of Spain in Madrid, since 1910.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicha_of_Balazote,
  7. Spanish Sphinx (Mid-18th Century)

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    Links: Top Ten Spanish Attractions,
  8. Belvedere Palace Sphinx, Vienna, Austria

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  9. Sphinx Guarding the Entrance of Parque Guinle, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  10. Gardens of Harewood House, West Yorkshire, UK

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    Links: Top Ten English Attractions, Top Ten Gardens,
  11. Potsdam, Sphinx in Park Sanssouci

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  12. Blickling Hall Gardens Sphinx

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  13. Sphinx, Belgium

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  14. Trent Park House Sphinx, UK

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  15. Links: Sculptures, http://thehealingpowerofimages.blogspot.com/2012/03/sphinx-greek-mythology-mesopatamia-and.html,

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