Detail View: The AMICA Library: Sphinx of Amenhotep III

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.1972.125
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Sculpture
Creator Nationality: 
African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: 
Egyptian
Title: 
Sphinx of Amenhotep III
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
ca. 1391-53 B.C.E.
Creation Start Date: 
-1391
Creation End Date: 
-53
Materials and Techniques: 
Egyptian faience
Dimensions: 
L. 9 7/8 in. (25 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
1972.125
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1972
Rights: 
Context: 

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 Dynasty 18. 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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