Sphinx as seen through some of the ruins from the Temple of the
Sphinx. Most of the Temple lies downhill from the Sphinx and so
is below the ground level of the Sphinx. The figure of sphinxes
occur repeatedly through ancient Egyptian culture, they have the
body of a crouching lion and the head of a man. This most famous
and by far the largest such sculpture is attributed to the
pharaoh Kharfe whose pyramid lies behind. The head of the Sphinx
is said to have the facial features of the pharaoh himself.