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Head of king Amasis from a sphinx

Head of king Amasis from a sphinx

Late Period, Saite

570–526 B.C.

The side view reveals that this fragment projected horizontally backwards, identifying it as a sphinx. The narrow face and brows high up near the headdress are judged to be features of Amasis, the long ruling next to last king of the dynasty whose successor only ruled for a year before the Persian Dynasty.


Title: Head of king Amasis from a sphinx

Period: Late Period, Saite

Dynasty: Dynasty 26

Reign: reign of Amasis

Date: 570–526 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Greenish limestone

Dimensions: H. 6.1 × W. 5.9 × D. 5.5 cm (2 3/8 × 2 5/16 × 2 3/16 in.)

Credit Line: Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966

Accession Number: 66.99.178

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