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Leo And The Sphinx

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The Sphinx under the stars of the Leo constellation. Fabriano 100% cotton watercolor paper, white ink and Daniel Smith primatek mineral watercolors.

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This version of the Sphinx is based on a drawing from Mark Lehner. "Drawing d-ss-017 from Egypt/Giza/Sphinx Amphitheater/Sphinx Ditch/Sphinx Statue". (2017) In ARCE Sphinx Project 1979-1983 Archive. Mark Lehner, Megan Flowers, Rebekah Miracle (Eds.) . Released: 2017-12-23. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/media/98e8b893-04fd-4bb3-a695-da26ed28a8cc> ARK (Archive): https://n2t.net/ark:/28722/k2nk3n43m

Seems like the Sphinx that we see today is an earlier version that was built over an older and smaller version. The head of the Sphinx has been damaged over the years, and its body was under the sand for many years before they started to dig and rediscover it in the last century. 

Based on the idea that ancient Egyptian monuments are projections of the stars (see Orion and the pyramids), I painted the Leo constellation above the Sphinx, and made a light outline of a lion with white pastel. The constellation of Leo, as we know it today is a reduced or abstract version of what the ancients astronomers, specially in the Arabic tradition, would refer in the sky. 

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Leo and the Sphinx

The Sphinx under the stars of the Leo constellation. 

see full description & specifications

This version of the Sphinx is based on a drawing from Mark Lehner. "Drawing d-ss-017 from Egypt/Giza/Sphinx Amphitheater/Sphinx Ditch/Sphinx Statue". (2017) In ARCE Sphinx Project 1979-1983 Archive. Mark Lehner, Megan Flowers, Rebekah Miracle (Eds.) . Released: 2017-12-23. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/media/98e8b893-04fd-4bb3-a695-da26ed28a8cc> ARK (Archive): https://n2t.net/ark:/28722/k2nk3n43m

Seems like the Sphinx that we see today is an earlier version that was built over an older and smaller version. The head of the Sphinx has been damaged over the years, and its body was under the sand for many years before they started to dig and rediscover it in the last century. 

Based on the idea that ancient Egyptian monuments are projections of the stars (see Orion and the pyramids), I painted the Leo constellation above the Sphinx, and made a light outline of a lion with white pastel. The constellation of Leo, as we know it today is a reduced or abstract version of what the ancients astronomers, specially in the Arabic tradition, would refer in the sky. 

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