Greek Sphinx, British Museum

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 18 July 2016

In Greek mythology, the sphinx was a monster with the head of a woman, a bird's wings, the body of a lion, and often a serpent tail. By contrast, the sphinxes of pharaonic Egypt were symbol of royal power. This Greek sphinx may once have guarded the tomb of a Greek inhabitant in Egypt. Roman Period, 2nd century CE. From Upper Egypt. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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