You are afraid of me, because I talk like a sphinx.
On a recent visit to Hillwood in D.C., I was taken with the sphinxes. Hillwood has two terracotta sphinxes that were made in the 1700s: one representing Marie Antoinette, the other Marie Therese, Princess de Lamballe.
A sphinx is a mythical creature with the head of a human and body of a lion. They are guardians, and may be benevolent or not. In Greek tradition, they ask riddles...and you'd better get the answer right!
Sphinx at Hillwood
photo by Maia C
Sphinx statue on the Red Bridge, Aschaffenburg, Germany
photo by Maulaff
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
photo by Daniel H. Tong
Sphinx de la fontaine du Palmier, place du Châtelet, Paris
carved by Henri-Alfred Jacquemart
Sphinx, Chiswick House, London
photo by Orangeaurochs
by Odilon Redon, 1889
Illustration from the book Gargantua