Sphinx

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)

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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
Budapest: Opera
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
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
Vatican City: At the loggia decoration painted by Rafael
Vienna: Upper Belvedere Palace
Villa d'Este: Mannerist sphinx

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