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Sphinx of King Psamtik II
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Sphinx of King Psamtik II


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Description Sphinxes served as temple figures. Combining the muscular body of a reclining lion with the head of a royal human, the sphinx was a powerful symbol of the ancient Egyptian concept of divine kingship. Although now headless, this sphinx retains part of its striped nemes head cloth, worn only by Egypt's monarchs and meant to represent a hooded cobra, a royal symbol. Originally created for another king, the sphinx's first inscription was replaced by one naming King Psamtik II.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/14/1967Treatmentcleaned
6/24/1971Treatmentcleaned
8/17/1998Examinationsurvey
4/08/1999Treatmentexamined for technical study; cleaned
4/09/1999Examinationexamined for exhibition
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from Lower Egypt]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

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Period
664-589 BCE (Late Period)
Medium
greywacke
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.104
Measurements
15 3/8 x 37 x 11 1/4 in. (39 x 94 x 28.5 cm)
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