Image Record Linked to Work and Authority [Figure 43]

Image Record

Image Number 1234
*View Description the Great Sphinx with the Great
Pyramid in the background
[link]: Great Sphinx • Great Pyramid
*View Type [link] exterior view • oblique view
• partial view
*View Date [controlled] 1950
Related Work [link to Work Record] Great Sphinx;
colossus; unknown Egyptian; Fourth Dynasty; Giza


Authority Record

*Terms oblique view (preferred)
diagonal view
*Note Refers to depictions from a vantage point at
an angle to the perpendiculars of the subject.
*Source [link to Source Record] Art & Architecture


Work Record

Class [controlled] sculpture • architecture • Egyptian art
*Work Type [link to authority] colossus
*Title Great Sphinx | Title Type: preferred
Title: Abu al-Hawl | Title Type: alternate
*Creator display unknown Egyptian
*Role [link]: artists | [link]: unknown Egyptian
*Creation Date Fourth Dynasty, reign of King Khafre (ca. 2575-ca. 2465 BCE)
[controlled]: Earliest: -2585; Latest: -2555
*Subject [link to authorities] religion and mythology • portrait • sphinx (Egyptian iconograph)
• King Khafre (Egyptian king, ca. 2575-ca. 2465 BCE) • Pharaonic power • Sun God
(Egyptian deity)
Culture Egyptian (ancient)
*Current Location [link to authority] Giza (Egypt)
*Measurements 20 m (height) (66 feet); 73 m (length) (240 feet)
[controlled]: Value: 20; Unit: m; Type: height | Value: 73; Unit: m; Type: length
*Materials and Techniques limestone, carved from live rock
Material [link]: limestone | Technique [link]: rock-cut architecture
Description The sphinx is an embodiment of kingship, placed to the south of the Great
Pyramid at Giza. It is probably intended to represent King Khafre, although later generations
believed that it was the Sun God.
Description Source [link to authority] Janson, H. W., History of Art. 3rd ed. New York:
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1986; Page: 60 ff.
Related Image [link to Image Record] 1234