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)
|Great Sphinx of Thebes
|Two to the side of the palace, before entering the Island Garden
|Archaeological Site of Delphi
|Ancient Greek sphinx found, now in museum
|Part of an ancient Egyptian king's sphinx at Tel Hazor
|Greek sphinx, found at the surrounding archeological site, in the Delos Museum.
|Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
|At the Georgium
|Depictions of Purushamriga
|Mantua and Sabbioneta
|Two, inside the Sant'Andrea Church
|Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles
|two Egyptian sphinxes in Palazzo della Ragione
|Paris, Banks of the Seine
|Hotel de Ville
|Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro
|The Orangerie (1791/93), with the Egyptian portal at the eastern side of the building, is guarded by a Sphinx.
|Great Sphinx of Giza
|Sphinx monument for Heinrich Carl Freiherrn von Gleichen, 1807
|Eisenstein building at No 2A Albert Street
|Granite sphinx at the center of the palace, brought from Egypt to guard the mausoleum where the emperor Diocletian was later burried
|pillars of Saint-Etienne church
|Studley Royal Park
|At the loggia decoration painted by Rafael
|Upper Belvedere Palace
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