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Ptolemaic statue of sphinx discovered in Egypt


Egyptian archaeologists draining water from a temple in the southern city of Aswan have uncovered a sandstone sphinx likely dating to the Ptolemaic era, the antiquities ministry said on Sunday.

Ptolemaic statue of sphinx discovered in Egypt
The sandstone statue of Sphinx that was discovered in Kom Ombo Temple in Aswan in upper Egypt
[Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via Reuters]


The sphinx, a mythical being with the head of a human and the body of a lion, was discovered at the Kom Ombo temple, where two engraved sandstone reliefs of King Ptolemy V had also recently been found, the ministry said in statement.

Ptolemaic statue of sphinx discovered in Egypt
The sandstone statue of the Sphinx at the time of discovery
[Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities]
Ptolemaic rule spanned about three centuries until the Roman conquest in 30 BC.

Source: Reuters [September 16, 2018]


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