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A Unique Sphinx Of Amenhotep II

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The great temple complex at Gebel Barkal yielded many Egyptian statues and fragments of sculpture. Many of these monuments seem to have been transported from elsewhere in Nubia, such as the temple of Amenhotep III at Soleb. However, some may have been designed specifically for the temple, as was the case with the famous Gebel Barkal stela. One might have expected a Nubian and an Asiatic or posited the existence of a companion piece, with the king dominating the northern foes of Egypt, as would be expected in the standard Egyptian thematic program. However, there is no evidence of a companion piece, and one might suggest that this sphinx stood alone as a testament to Egypt's dominance over its southern boundary.

Keywords: Amenhotep II; Egyptian statues



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