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amenhotepSphinx of Amenhotep III
c.1391–1353 BC, 18th Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
Even without the inscription, the facial features of this faience sphinx would identify it as Amenhotep III. The graceful body of the lion transforms quite naturally into human forearms and hands, an innovation of 18th Dynasty.
In this form, the sphinx combines the protective power of the lion with the royal function of offering to the gods. The even tone of the fine blue glaze and the almost flawless condition of this sculpture make it unique among ancient Egyptian faience statuettes.



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