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Sphinx


Sphinx
Manufacturer:
Wrebbit
Number of pieces:
69
Difficulty Level:
Mini
Completed Puzzle:
Yes
Hours to complete:

.5

Released:

2000

Technical Diagram:


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This stone giant with a human face and a lion's body is over 4,500 years old. It faces the rising sun and measures 187 feet (57 meters) long and stands 66 feet high (20 meters).The Sphinx is the guardian of the ancient burial grounds in which the famous Kheops pyramid resides. Its face resembles that of Pharaoh Khephren, Kheops younger brother who ruled Egypt between 2520 and 2494 BC. In its whole the Sphinx symbolizes royal power with the head of the statue representing intelligence and the body strength. The Pharaoh Khephren, who ruled during one of the most prosperous times in Egypt's history, had the great pyramids built and drafted the finest works in the field of science.

Once the kings abandoned the burial grounds, the Sphinx was covered up to its neck in sand. It was dubbed Abou'I Hol by the Arabs, an expression that means "the father of terror". The first attempt to uncover it dates back to 1400 BC. The young Touthmosis IV who fell asleep beneath the giant head, dreamed that the Sphinx promised him the crown if he could release it from its restraints. The enthusiastic young man immediately rounded up an excavation party. After much effort, only the Sphinx's front paws were partially liberated. To commemorate his dream, Touthmosis IV placed a stone at the foot of the monument. (it was only in 1817 during the first modern dig, supervised by Captain Caviglia, that the chest of the Sphinx was finally uncovered. The Sphinx of Gyzeh was completely dug up in 1925 to the pleasure of visitors, who were ecstatic to finally see the giant in all its glory.


 

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