Taharqa Sphinx

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Jan van der Crabben
published on 15 September 2014
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Granite sphinx of Taharqa, 25th Dynasty, c. 690-664 BCE.

This statue from Kawa (Temple T) in Sudan shows the Pharaoh's face on a Lion figured sphinx, a form of royal representation borrowed from Middle and New Kingdom art. Taharqa was a Nubian / black African Pharaoh, and his African features are clearly visible on the statue.

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Jan van der Crabben
Jan is the Founder and CEO of World History Encyclopedia, leading the non-profit company to best fulfil its mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College.

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Crabben, J. v. d. (2014, September 15). Taharqa Sphinx. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/3031/taharqa-sphinx/

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Crabben, Jan van der. "Taharqa Sphinx." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 15, 2014. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/3031/taharqa-sphinx/.

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Crabben, Jan van der. "Taharqa Sphinx." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 15 Sep 2014. Web. 30 Nov 2021.