Great Sphinx of Giza

14 Jan

the sphinx

I was watching a documentary about the Great Sphinx of Giza on the History Channel two weeks ago and I was surprised to learn that the most mind-boggling thing about this miraculous structure is the general lack of knowledge about it.  Nobody knows when or why it was built, much less who built it and how it was done.  It has been in existence far beyond any retrieved records of it; some would even speculate that it’s been around even before any of the great pyramids were built.

The structure of it makes absolutely no sense, given how mathematically precise the pyramids are in comparison.  The Sphinx’s proportions are completely off; disregarding that it’s essentially a man’s head (the popular theory suggests Pharaoh Khafra) with a lion’s body, the Sphinx’s head is tiny compared to everything else.

The front paws are so long that they’re off frame!

The statue’s erosion show much more damage on the body than the head, which suggests that the head was probably much bigger and was re-sculpted from a lion’s head at one point to what we see now.  The erosion at its base make even less sense since it’s the type of damage that could only be done by extensive and prolong exposure to water, which makes me wonder whether or not the Sphinx was the centerpiece of a giant swimming since it is surrounded by walls — but then of course, the temples in front of it would be underwater as well, which is not practical at all.

This just the tip of the iceberg; there’s a lot more oddities about this statue that I won’t get into but you can look them up yourself if you like.  It’s just something I found fascinating, and wanted to share.

source: pinimg & flickr

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