King as Winged Sphinx
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented, reportedly from Thebes, Egypt; before 1949, acquired by Michel Abemayor of New York, NY; 1956, purchased from Michel Abemayor by the Brooklyn Museum.
King as Winged Sphinx, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.100_transp6218.jpg)
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