11 December 2008

Lion's head on the Sphinx

Much as I fear linking to a somewhat sensationalist news, this does provide a bit of fun thought.

According to Daily Mail, researchers are claiming that the Sphinx, at one time, might have had the head of a lion.

A bit of an anti-climax there, isn't it?


Researchers also discovered that the Sphinx’s body and head were disproportionate, suggesting it was not originally a pharaoh.

Historical architect Dr Jonathan Foyle, who worked with Mr Reader on the project, said the head and body were massively out of proportion.

He said the reason for this could be that the Sphinx originally had an entirely different head - that of a lion.

According to this theory, the statue was later re-carved to be modelled on Khufu.