‘Magnificent’ smiling sphinx of Roman emperor found at ancient Egypt site

March 08, 2023

© Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/AP A sphinx statue probably made in the likeness of a Roman emperor is uncovered from an archaeological site in Egypt’s Qena province. Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered what appears to be a smiling ancient Sphinx. Ancient Egyptian sphinxes often represented a king or royal with the body of a lion, as a symbol of might and power. The smiling sphinx statue is not to be confused with the far larger sphinx at the Giza pyramid complex, which measures 73 meters long and 20 meters high. The team began work last month and has been utilizing radar scanning systems across the ancient temple site.