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|
|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.|
|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|
|Vatican City||At the loggia decoration painted by Rafael|
|Vienna||Upper Belvedere Palace|
|Villa d'Este||Mannerist sphinx|
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