The Great Sphinx is the largest and oldest representation of a sphinx from ancient Egypt. A sphinx was an imaginary creature of ancient myths. Like the Great Sphinx at Giza, most Egyptian sphinxes had the head of a man and the body, feet, and tail of a lion. The Great Sphinx, built by the Egyptians about 4,500 years ago, wears a royal headdress and lies near the pyramid of King Khafre. Historians believe that the sphinx's face is a portrait of Khafre, who probably had the monument built. The Sphinx is 240 feet, or 73 meters, long and stands about 66 feet, or 20 meters, high. The width of its face measures 13 feet 8 inches, or 4.17 meters. Its head and body were carved directly out of a giant rock in a limestone formation, and stone blocks were cut to form the paws and legs. This same limestone formation supplied much of the stone used to build several of the great pyramids.
Sphinxes aren't just found near temples or pyramids, they can be found on jewlry, amulets, and other small objects.
Khafra's pyramid was built next to another ruler
The Sphinx was about 70 meters long and 20 meters tall