Egypt-12B-088 - The Sphinx
The Sphinx, with its monumental proportions, lion’s body, and human facial features, provides an unexpected naturalistic contrast to the geometric shapes of the pyramids. The recumbent lion stretches 241 feet and reaches 65 feet in height. The Sphinx was carved out of a natural outcropping of rock around the time of the construction of the Pyramid of Khafre to the left of the Sphinx. The features are thought to be those of King Khafre wearing the royal nemes headdress. The uraeus (rearing cobra) which originally sat on the king’s forehead is now lost, but fragments of his beard, which was added during the New Kingdom, are in the Cairo Museum.