Striding Winged Sphinx
The motif of the king as a superhuman sphinx (human-headed lion) began in the Old Kingdom (circa 2670–2195 B.C.). Sphinxes served as guardians. Often they are shown triumphing over Egypt's enemies, emphasizing the ruler's glory and the divine character of royal authority. The long wings folded over the body probably symbolized swiftness in battle.
- Medium: Wood, paint
- Geographical Location: Thebes, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 3 11/16 in. (8.9 x 9.4 cm)
- Collection: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, EXHIBITION-3, ECAMEA-3G67
- Accession Number: 56.100
- Image: "West Wing gallery 7 installation", CUR.56.100_wwg7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, Nov 30, 2004