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The Egyptian Sphinx: What Is It? - An Introduction for KS2

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If you know about the Great Pyramid of Giza, you'll know it's set in a larger complex containing several more smaller pyramids and an intriguing statue of a Sphinx. "What is this Sphinx?" I hear you ask?

The Sphinx:

What is it?

A limestone statue of a Sphinx (a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human.)

When was it built?

Estimates vary. It was likely in the Old Kingdom, during the reign of the pharaoh Khafre (approx. 2558 to 2532 BC)

Why did its nose fall off?

Probably erosion but no-one knows. It certainly wasn’t shot off by Napoleon Bonaparte’s cannon!

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