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[[File:Back of Sphinx, Giza Egypt.JPG|thumb|Back of Sphinx, Giza Egypt]]
 
[[File:Back of Sphinx, Giza Egypt.JPG|thumb|Back of Sphinx, Giza Egypt]]
   
==Egyptian sphinxes==<!-- This section is linked from [[Great Sphinx of Giza]] -->
 
The largest and most famous sphinx is the [[Great Sphinx of Giza]], situated at the [[Giza]] Plateau adjacent to the [[Great Pyramids of Giza]] on the west bank of the [[Nile River]] and facing due east ({{coord|29|58|31|N|31|08|15|E|}}). The sphinx is located in the north and below the pyramids. Although the date of its construction is uncertain, the head of the Great Sphinx now is believed to be that of the pharaoh [[Khafra]].
 
   
What names their builders gave to these [[statue]]s is not known. At the Great Sphinx site, the inscription on a [[stele]] by [[Thutmose IV]] in 1400 BCE, lists the names of three aspects of the local sun deity of that period, ''[[Khepera]]–[[Rê]]–[[Atum]]''. The inclusion of these figures in tomb and [[Egyptian temple|temple]] complexes quickly became traditional and many pharaohs had their heads carved atop the guardian statues for their tombs to show their close relationship with the powerful solar deity, [[Sekhmet]], a lioness. Other famous Egyptian sphinxes include one bearing the head of the pharaoh [[Hatshepsut]], with her likeness carved in [[granite]], which is now in the [[Metropolitan Museum of Art]] in New York, and the [[alabaster]] [[sphinx of Memphis]], [[Memphis, Egypt]], currently located within the open-air museum at that site. The theme was expanded to form great [[Avenue (landscape)|avenues]] of guardian sphinxes lining the approaches to tombs and temples as well as serving as details atop the posts of flights of stairs to very grand complexes. Nine hundred with ram heads, representing [[Amun|Amon]], were built in [[Thebes (Egypt)|Thebes]], where his cult was strongest.
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Perhaps the first sphinx in Egypt was one depicting [[Hetepheres II|Queen Hetepheres II]], of the [[fourth dynasty of Egypt|fourth dynasty]] that lasted from [[2723 BC|2723]] to [[2563 BC]]. She was one of the longest-lived members of the royal family of that dynasty.
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The Great Sphinx has become an emblem of Egypt, frequently appearing on its stamps, coins, and official documents.<ref>Regier, Willis Goth. ''Book of the Sphinx'' (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004), 54, 59, 177.</ref>
 
   
 
==Greek traditions==<!-- This section is linked from [[Great Sphinx of Giza]] -->
 
==Greek traditions==<!-- This section is linked from [[Great Sphinx of Giza]] -->
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