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“Sphinx at Memphis, Egypt – curtain raiser on trip to Egypt” by K.J.S.Chatrath

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This Sphinx at Memphis is believed to  have been constructed between 1700 B.C to 1400 B.C.  Konarak and Khajuraho temples were constructed around 900 to 1300 A.D…..

See the size of visitors to imagine how gigantic is this Sphinx….

More on trip to Egypt soon on this website…

 Photograph  and text by K.J.S.Chatrath.

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6 Responses to ““Sphinx at Memphis, Egypt – curtain raiser on trip to Egypt” by K.J.S.Chatrath”

  1. Nishant Bansal says:

    Too good! Yeh snap kahan ki hai?

  2. Madhukar says:

    Using part-animal-part-human creatures in art based on mythological creations has been part of most civilisations. The Sumerian/ Mesopotamian civilisation used part human part lion and part eagle motifs. The Egyptions had multiple divinities which took a mixed form of humans and animals. The interesting feature was that most of these Gods, perhaps with the sole exceptio of the Sphinx, had the body of a human and head of some animal. This was quite a bit like the quasi-human forms taken by Vishnu as Narsimha, Varaha and Haygreeva. The Greeks, on the other hand, found it more convenient to give their creatures heads of humans and bodies of animals – Sphinx, Centaur, Pan, etc.

  3. Madhukar says:

    The Wikipedia refers to the Alabaster Sphinx of Memphis but gives a much smaller set of dimensions to it as compared to the pictured statue [8 m (26 ft) and a height of 4 m (13 ft)].
    The technical term used is ‘anthropomorphic’ for all part animal part human forms.

  4. chat says:

    @ Madhukar: Thanks for the technical term…I have had a problem with the accuracy of wikipedia once earlier also…and you do remember the short lived controversy when in 2007 several universities in the USA had banned wikipedia as a primary source for research…but I find it great for seeking information.

  5. Madhukar says:

    Sir,
    May I recommend a visit to the site address given below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_of_Memphis
    May be the camera angle threw me in confusion. It looks the same, but with no reference, it appears smaller in the Wikipedia than in your photograph. Also, the surroundings appear more sanitised.
    Regards
    Madhukar

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