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Limestone sphinx


Ptolemaic period (3rd – 1st century BCE)


Probably purchased by Professor J. L. M. Curry in 1875

This sculpture represents the pharaoh as a hybrid creature, a male lion with a human head. Its small size and details of its headdress suggest a date in the Ptolemaic period. The fossiliferous limestone of which it is made has been severely worn, by water or wind-born sand.