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|Type||Museum piece, Ancient Artefact|
|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.
|17 E for Individual Visitor|
|Metro: Louvre – Rivoli Station|
|Location||Rue 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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