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an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret

(Greek mythology) a riddling winged monster with a woman's head and breast on a lion's body

one of a number of large stone statues with the body of a lion and the head of a man that were built by the ancient Egyptians

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The sphinxes were inscribed with the name Nectabo I, the founder of the last Pharaonic dynasty who died in 362 BC.
The pathway, comprising rest places, chapels and sphinxes with ram heads, was originally built by King Amenhotep III (1410-1372 B.
From the very outset of his literary career, Galdos utilizes his sphinxes in dark and sinister fashion.
Director of the University of Illinois Press Willis Goth Regier in Book of the Sphinx (University of Nebraska Press; 978-0-8032-3956-2) excavates the ubiquity of Sphinxes from the Great Sphinx to the Oedipal Sphinx of Greece, and in tragedies, paintings, opera, advertisements, as well as on stamps and coins.
Ambiguous as dreams and deceptive as introspection," says Regier, my hero of culture for the month of October, "flouting analysis and defying art, Sphinxes lurk as Sphinxes do, patient, cunning, and cutthroat.
The emplacements of other, lost sphinxes have been identified in front of the Valley Temple.
That is why the Egyptians had sculptures of sphinxes in all their temples, that is, to indicate that divine knowledge, if committed to writing at all, must be covered with enigmatic veils and poetic dissimulations.
The most famous of the sphinxes of legend, the Sphinx was said to have terrorized the people of Thebes by demanding the answer to a riddle taught her by the Muses--what is it that has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?
Thousands of sphinxes were carved from stone in ancient Egypt.