The Great Sphinx of Tanis

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Ibolya Horvath
by fmpgoh
published on 10 October 2016
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The sphinx was inscribed with the names of the pharaohs Ammenemes II (12th Dynasty, 1929-1895 BC), Merneptah (19th Dynasty, 1212-02 BC) and Shoshenq I (22nd Dynasty, 945-24 BC). According to archaeologists, certain details suggest that this sphinx dates to an earlier period - the Old Kingdom (c. 2600 BC).

This is one of the largest sphinxes outside of Egypt, currently housed in the Louvre, Paris. It was found in 1825 CE among the ruins of the Temple of Amun at Tanis (the capital of Egypt during the 21st and 22nd dynasties).

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