One of the world’s most famous monuments, the Great Sphinx at Giza is shrouded in age-old mystery. Despite being well-known, the Sphinx is surrounded by countless secret tales dating back thousands of years. This article will take a look at some of the enduring mysteries surrounding the Great Sphinx.
What did it look like in its prime?
If you ever make it to Giza in Egypt to view the Great Sphinx for yourself, you’ll come across a much-weathered but undeniably impressive stone statue. But what exactly would you see if you boarded a time machine and traveled back some 4,500 years? That’s when the Sphinx is believed to have first been unveiled. And according to researchers, it looked very different back then.
Sphinx in color
For a start, it was painted in bright hues. Archaeologists believe the face was red, while yellow and blue pigments have been found on the body. The nose and a goatee beard, long gone, would be present and correct as well. The dramatic cobra motif that once graced the statue’s headdress would also be in place. So it would present a very different prospect than it is today, that’s for sure.