Taharqa Sphinx

Illustration

Jan van der Crabben
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published on 15 September 2014

Granite sphinx of Taharqa, 25th Dynasty, c. 690-664 BCE.

This statue from Kawa (Temple T) in Sudan shows the Pharaoh's face on a Lion figured sphinx, a form of royal representation borrowed from Middle and New Kingdom art. Taharqa was a Nubian / black African Pharaoh, and his African features are clearly visible on the statue.


About the Author

Jan van der Crabben
Jan is the Founder and CEO of Ancient History Encyclopedia, leading the non-profit company to best fulfil its mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College.

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