Sphinx

Sfinx of GizehA lion with a man's head, a sphinx is the personification of the king's power and might. Best-known is the Great Sphinx on the Giza Plateau, created by Khephren from a rock outcrop to guard his tomb complex. From the New Kingdom onwards, this colossal statue was regarded as an image of the god Hormakhis, worshipped in its own temple. Sphinxes, sometimes with heads of other animals, generally guarded temple entrances or lined the way to a temple. New Kingdom representations of the king as a sphinx trampling his enemies are frequent.