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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:08 pm    Post subject: New Sphinx at Luxor? Reply with quote

I noticed the following entry in a newsblog:

"Seeking to rediscover the "avenue of sphinxes", an Egyptian mission found the first Luxor ’sphinx’. Secretary-General of the Higher Council of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawas said that the ’sphinx’ carries several carvings together with a royal "Kartouch". On his part, Samir Farag, Head of the City of Luxor, described the discovery as a turning point for Luxor".
This is the complete posting on the State Information Service website

(from: http://touregypt.net/TEBlog/egyptologynews/ )

Makes me wonder what is carved/ inscribed on this Sphinx.

I wonder if they are talking about this avenue of sphinxes:


Are there other ones?
I'm a bit puzzled by what they mean by the discovery of the first sphinx?

Anyone else have any ideas?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm confused about this one myself. The avenue of sphinxes (your photo) is no new discovery. There's not much info available in any of the related links, and it's odd that they wouldn't even report the name found in the cartouche. I wonder if it's just another sphinx in the avenue or evidence of another such processional way? That would be big news. Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 6:06 pm    Post subject: sphinxes Reply with quote

i believe those to be of amenemenhat the3rd am i right or am iright Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you mean the sphinxes in the photo, then they are much later, dating to the 30th Dynasty.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:14 pm    Post subject: sphinxes Reply with quote

well its good to know someone knows what they are talking about because i will be damed if ido Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You're not so far off, kennethhirst. Maybe you were thinking of Amunhotep III, who was responsible for erecting much of the core of the Luxor temple as it stands today.

As Nekht-Ankh stated, the sphinxes of the processional way date to Dynasty 30--specifically to Nectanebo I, at the start of that dynasty. At least it is his cartouche you will find on these sphinxes, so it's possible they may date to a somewhat earlier time and he later usurped them, but I'm just throwing that out there for contemplation. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 2:12 pm    Post subject: sphinxes Reply with quote

yes kmt-sesh once again i stand to be corrected silly me i should have done my home work,of course i meant amenhotep the 3rd but as you so rightly came to my diffence and kindly informed every one that it was nectanbo the 1st i for one cannot thankyou enough,i checked in the book i have ,temples of ancient egypt byrichard wilkinson and lo and behold there staring me in the face was the prosesion of the sphinxes in question,imust admit i had to get the magnifying glass out tomake out the cartouch but there it was in all its glory,KA KHEPER-RA. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this Luxor sphinx is there a map of it--what nome is it within?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kennethhirst wrote:
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i checked in the book i have ,temples of ancient egypt byrichard wilkinson and lo and behold there staring me in the face was the prosesion of the sphinxes


Wilkinson's book is wonderful, isn't it? No library on ancient Egypt is complete without it. I find myself refering to it fairly often.

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this Luxor sphinx is there a map of it--what nome is it within?


It was found in or near Luxor, wasn't it? Wouldn't that place it in the fourth nome? The information in anneke's link is very sketchy and brief and one doesn't get many details out of it.
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