Sphinx of Amenhotep III, possibly from a Model of a Temple
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18
- reign of Amenhotep III
- ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
- From Egypt; Possibly from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Karnak
- Faience, remains of a travertine (Egyptian alabaster) tenon
- l. 25.1 cm (9 7/8 in); w. 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in); h. 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1972
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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. 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. Another small faience sphinx from a later period may be seen in gallery 127 (1990.25).
Other sphinx statues in the collection are on display in gallery 118 (30.8.72), gallery 116 (08.202.6), gallery 115 (31.3.94, 31.3.167), gallery 111 (17.9.2), and gallery 131 (31.3.166).