The Great Sphinx before the pyramid of Khafre, Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, slide

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During his trip to Egypt, Elisofon visited Jīzah, Ahrāmāt al-, the site of three pyramids from the 4th dynasty (ca. 2613-ca. 2494), built on a rocky plateau near al-Jizah (Giza); one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; built by kings Khufu (Cheops), Khafre (Chephren) & Menkaure (Mycerinus). [The J. P. Getty Fund: Thesaurus of Geographical Names]. The photograph depicts the Great Sphinx standing guard before the pyramid of Khafre, for whom this fusion of man and lion was sculpted in about 2500 b.c., it was the first truly colossal royal sculpture in the history of ancient Egypt. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for American Institute of Architects, directing the Egyptian portion of the documentary on Ancient Egypt, March 1965 and September 1965.
Cite as
Sphinx and the Chephren Pyramid. Giza, Egypt. Photograph by Eliot Elisofon, 1965. Image no. EEPA EECL 17320. Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560-0708
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Eliot Elisofon Field photographs 1942-1972
Local number
T 6 EGY 191 EE 65
Elisofon, Eliot
Animals, Mythical
Sphinxes (Mythology)
Cultural landscapes
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