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
Blenheim Palace
Budapest Opera
Chola Temples Darasuram
Delos Greek sphinx, found at the surrounding archeological site, in the Delos Museum.
Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz At the Georgium
Hampi 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 Fuente egipcia
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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