Egyptian pink granite statue of a sphinx




A pink granite statue of a sphinx resting on a rectangular base. The sphinx is shown with a slender elegant body, its tail curled over its right rear leg. The head is human, most likely a portrait of a pharaoh, and the lower parts of the Nemes head-dress remain over the shoulders and back of the figure.

The sphinx in Egyptian mythology was a benevolent and powerful creature combining the strength of the lion with the wisdom of humans. The majority of sphinx sculptures were royal portraits and the figures were often placed in protective aspects at temples, tombs, palaces and most famously the pyramids at Giza.

The pink granite used in this sculpture was probably mined at Aswan.

Egypt, late New Kingdom, 19th or 20th Dynasty, c. 1292-1069 BC

Head and front legs lost, repaired from four fragments

9.2 x 16.8 cms

Ex. collection: Ernest Nathorst-Boos, Sweden (1918-1988), thence by family descent.

For a collosal example in the same stone and with very similar modelling, please see the link below to a 13-ton sphinx found by Petrie in 1913 and now in Penn Museum, USA: