Sphinx of Amenhotep III

Sphinx of Amenhotep III, ca. 1391–1353 B.C.; Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III; New Kingdom
Egyptian faience; L. 9 7/8 in. (25 cm)
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1972 (1972.125)


"Even without the inscription, the facial features of this faience sphinx would identify it as Amenhotep III. The graceful body of the lion transforms quite naturally into human forearms and hands, an innovation of Dynasty 18. In this form, the sphinx combines the protective power of the lion with the royal function of offering to the gods. The even tone of the fine blue glaze and the almost flawless condition of this sculpture make it unique among ancient Egyptian faience statuettes." - MET

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The Art of Ancient Egypt, Revised by Robins, 272 Pages, Pub. 2008