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Great Sphinx of Gizeh
Great Sphinx of Gizeh
Resource Typeimage
TitleGreat Sphinx of Gizeh
Coverage / YearEgypt
DescriptionBlack and white stereograph slide, #T 233 from Tour of the World, vol 5 and 6.
InterpretationText on the back of the slide reads, "We are standing with our backs to the great Nile river, looking west...It was carved out of solid rock, and was crouching here before the Pyramids were built. Many conjectures are made as to its meaning and origin. One is that the sphinx is a colossal image of the Egyptian deity, Harmachis, 'god of the morning' and of the unknown king who had it hewn...Another states that it is supposed to represent the King Amenemhet III, the great builder and improver of the practice of irrigation, and that it is placed here to overlook the Nile forever." Modern scholars generally agree that it is from the fourth Dynasty but disagree as to who commissioned it. It may be a portrait of either Khafre or Khufu.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAfrican Folk Tales; African Novel Study
Learning Standards16 History; 17 Geography; 25-27 Fine Arts;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Other ContributorsKeystone View Company
SourceSandburg Collection, Connemara;
Subject / KeywordsGizeh, Egypt; Africa; Sphinx
Collection PublisherUIUC Rare Book & Special Collections Library;
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Resource Identifiersphinx
CONTENTdm file name9682017872002_Sphinx.jpg
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