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Sphinx of Hatshepsut


Jan van der Crabben
by Reno Laithienne
published on 03 October 2020
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Sphinx of Hatshepsut (ca. 1479–1458 BCE). This colossal sphinx portrays the female pharaoh Hatshepsut with the body of a lion and a human head wearing a nemes–headcloth and false beard. The sculptor has carefully observed the powerful muscles of the lion as contrasted to the handsome, idealized face of the pharaoh. It was one of at least six granite sphinxes that stood in Hatshepsut's mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri.

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