The Great Sphinx of Giza is a mythical creature with a lions body and a human head. It stands on the Giza Plateue on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The head of the stone is costumed with the traditional nemes headdress of the pharohs. The Sphinx is one of the world's largest and oldest stautes but no one really knows when and who actually built it.
Introduce your students to art, architecture, ancient Egypt, and more with Everyday Easels and our look at the Great Sphinx. We'll look at history, math, and even home economics in our two week study. Visit SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
Part I. The Great Sphinx at Giza. It is a part of the funerary complex of Khufu (Cheops) (reign 2589-2566 BC) The Great Sphinx is carved from a solid block of limestone outcropping; the figure is a crouching lion with a human head, a representation of Re-Harakhte, the sun god, at dawn at the rising in the east.