University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Jennifer H. Wegner

The Granite Sphinx of Ramesses II

By: Jennifer H. Wegner

Excavated by W. M. Flinders Petrie in 1913 near the Ptah Temple at Memphis, the Penn Museum’s twelve-ton sphinx is the largest sphinx in the Western Hemisphere. The sphinx, a lion with a human head, represents the power of the Egyptian king. Carved of a single block of red granite, quarried at Aswan, the five-fold […]