Sphinx of King Sheshenq
Representing either gods or kings, the sphinx image combined the lion’s body with a king’s head and falcon wings. The combination of animal force and royal authority guarded the horizon and, by association, every important building. Recumbent sphinxes appear relaxed, displaying confidence in their power. Large sphinxes guarded temple entrances, while smaller sphinx figurines like this one provided protection as cult objects or personal temple offerings.
- Medium: Bronze
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 945-718 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXII Dynasty-XXIII Dynasty
- Period: Third Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: 1 15/16 x 13/16 x 2 7/8 in. (4.9 x 2.1 x 7.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 33.586
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Sphinx of King Sheshenq, ca. 945-718 B.C.E. Bronze, 1 15/16 x 13/16 x 2 7/8 in. (4.9 x 2.1 x 7.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 33.586. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Recumbent bronze sphinx with royal head wearing nemes headdress and beard. Wings and tail of falcon (?) incised on body. Two pins on underside of body for insertion in a separate base. Incised on breast "The good god, (uncertain cartouche)", possibly Seshonk V Condition: good. One leg slightly bent. Surface cleaned before purchase and is dull and black. Some slight encrustation around inscription
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)