Lycian Guardian Sphinx

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Jan van der Crabben
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published on 16 August 2023
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Guardian sphinx from a gable, from building H in Xanthos, Lycia (modern-day Turkey), c. 460 BCE.

The sphinx, a creature combining elements of a woman, a lion, and a bird, had significant associations with death in both Greece and Lycia, often adorning the monuments constructed for the deceased. Each sphinx was overseen by a protective, crouched lion. The design of the sphinxes on this gable end deviates slightly from the norm. The presence of red pigment can be detected on their feathers.

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Jan van der Crabben
Jan is the Founder and CEO of World History Encyclopedia. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College, and he has worked in the field of history-related digital media since 2006.

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