A second sphinx from the time of ancient Egypt has been discovered, after workers accidentally dug up the renowned artefact during road works.
Engineers came to a halt after stumbling upon the a large statue, which they described as having a “lion’s body with a human head”.
They soon realised they retrieved the world’s second Egyptian sphinx, which originated as far as 2500 BC during the reign of the Pharoah Kafre in Egypt.
Mohamed Abel Aziz, the Director General of Antiquities, said the structure has yet to be removed from the ground, and remains embedded in soil until it can be properly excavated.
Members of the public can now visit the site where the sphinx was found, Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said.
The Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt is the largest and most famous sphinx in the world, and is situated at the Giza Plateau, on the west bank of the Nile River in Egypt.
It was carved from the bedrock of Giza plateau, made out of limestone, and is said to be one of the world’s largest single-stone statues.
The ancient Egyptians regarded the sphinx as a symbol of royalty, and pharaohs would have their heads carved into stone which are then placed on their tombs.
This was known as a way to mark their relationships with Sekhmet, the solar deity, which was believed to be a lioness.
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Source: Christian Post