Tuesday, 22 December 2015
The sphinx is a famous icon from ancient Egypt of 5,000 years ago, but a statue of one has been excavated in China dating back more than 1,000 years. The marble sphinx, which has western features, is in good condition and was discovered in a tomb in a cemetery along with carvings and bronze, iron and pottery artifacts.
The sphinx stands 36 centimeters (14.2 inches) high and has little damage except to the face. The sphinx is a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion and was known across Eurasia in ancient times and into the present, though apparently they were rare in northern China.