A sphinx is a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head or a cat head.
The sphinx, in Greek tradition, 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. 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. (wiki)
- Ancient Thebes Great Sphinx of Thebes
- Aranjuez Two to the side of the palace, before entering the Island Garden
- Archaeological Site of Delphi Ancient Greek sphinx found, now in museum
- Biblical Tells Part of an ancient Egyptian king's sphinx at Tel Hazor Link
- Blenheim Palace
- Budapest Opera Link
- Chola Temples Darasuram
- Delos Greek sphinx, found at the surrounding archeological site, in the Delos Museum.
- Hampi Depictions of Purushamriga
- Mantua and Sabbioneta Two, inside the Sant'Andrea Church
- Paris, Banks of the Seine Hotel de Ville
- Potsdam The Orangerie (1791/93), with the Egyptian portal at the eastern side of the building, is guarded by a Sphinx.
- Prague Link
- Pyramids (Memphis) Great Sphinx of Giza
- Regensburg Sphinx monument for Heinrich Carl Freiherrn von Gleichen, 1807
- Riga Eisenstein building at No 2A Albert Street
- Split Granite sphinx at the center of the palace, brought from Egypt to guard the mausoleum where the emperor Diocletian was later burried
- St. Petersburg Egyptian Bridge
- Strasbourg pillars of Saint-Etienne church
- Studley Royal Park Link
- Vatican City At the loggia decoration painted by Rafael
- Vienna Upper Belvedere Palace
- Villa d'Este Mannerist sphinx
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