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
- Reportedly From: 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) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 56.100
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Striding Winged Sphinx, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Wood, paint, 3 1/2 x 3 11/16 in. (8.9 x 9.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 56.100. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)