courtesy of greatbuildings.com
photo by Howard Davis
The north side of the Sphinx reveals a proportion of the body down to the head. The head would appear small in proportion to the body. The Sphinx has been burried severaltimes over the past thousand years due to the desert terrain changing. The most recent that it has been covered was in 1905. The sand was cleared away to show the beauty and magnitude of the Sphinx. Just the paws themselvles are 50 feet long.The body is 150 feet long. The head is 30 feet long and14 feet wide.There is a high degree of erosion that has claimed the original detail of the Sphinx because some layers of the stone are softer than the others.