Hijinks with the Sphinx
|The Sphinx at the Penn - image Penn Museum|
Exciting news comes from the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania campus about a series of events to be held between 1 October 2013 - 31 October 2013.
"Hijinks with the Sphinx: Years with the Largest Ancient Egyptian Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere" celebrates the museum's iconic Dynasty 19th sphinx. The 15 ton object is the six largest stone sculpture in the world, and the largest within the Western Hemisphere.
"It came by boat, arriving in Philadelphia in October 1913---an ancient Egyptian Sphinx from Memphis, Egypt, excavated by renowned archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie and presented to the Penn Museum on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Extraordinary by any measure, the Sphinx was carved from one massive piece of red granite, bearing the names of the great Pharaoh Ramesses II, and his son and successor, the Pharaoh Merenptah (..) Today, the Penn Museum's imposing Sphinx---at about 15 tons, the largest such ancient stone sculpture in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth largest in the world---resides in a gallery created just for it (..)" - Penn Museum
Today it sits in its own specially created gallery at Penn Museum.
To celebrate its history, Penn Museum have created some great interactive activities.