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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.


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