Saturday, 25 October 2014

Carte Postale Egyptienne

Some antique postcards of the ancient monumental sculpture -

In Arabic it's name means 'The Father of Dread'.
It is a limestone statue of a reclining lion with a human head. It lays on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the face of the Pharaoh Khafra.

It is the largest monolith* statue in the world. It is 241 ft long, and 63 ft wide, and 66.34 ft high. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture, and is believed to have been built by Egyptians of the Old Kingdom whilst Pharaoh Khafra was king. (c. 2558–2532 BC)

*monolith is a geological feature consisting of a single massive stone or rock, such as some mountains, or a single large piece of rock placed as, or within, a monument or building. 

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