Great Sphinx of Tanis, Louvre, Paris
3300BC-1200BC-Bronze Age Europe France

Great Sphinx of Tanis

on
May 7, 2021

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TypeMuseum piece, Ancient Artefact
Year2600 BC
WhereLouvre Museum
Room 11
Egyptian Department
Louvre
Visiting
Hours
The museum will reopen on May 19, 2021.
All visitors, including those entitled to free admission, must book a time slot.
Bookings can be done through the online ticketing service starting the afternoon of May 12, 2021.
Louvre
Ticket
Price
17 E for Individual Visitor
Book
your
ticket
https://www.ticketlouvre.fr/louvre/b2c/index.cfm/home
Getting to
Louvre
Metro: Louvre – Rivoli Station
LocationRue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France, Europe

What is the Great Sphinx of Tanis famous for?

The Great Sphinx of Tanis is a granite sculpture of a sphinx and it was discovered in the ruins of the Temple of Amun-Ra at Tanis.

It is on display at the Louvre and it’s one of the largest sphinxes outside of Egypt.

The statue weighs 9.5 tons.

The Egyptian appellation for a sphinx was Shesep-Ankh, or “Living Image”, a symbolic representation of the close relationship between sun god (lion’s body) and king (human head).

The sphinx was inscribed with the names of the pharaohs Ammenemes II (12th Dynasty, 1929-1895 BC), Merneptah (19th Dynasty, 1212-02 BC), and Shoshenq I (22nd Dynasty, 945-24 BC). According to archaeologists, certain details suggest that this sphinx dates to an earlier period – the Old Kingdom (c. 2600 BC). 

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