Great Sphinx of Tanis

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The Great Sphinx of Tanis is a granite sculpture of a sphinx, dated to the 26th century BC. It was discovered in the ruins of the Temple of Amun-Ra in Tanis, Egypt's capital during the 21st Dynasty and the 23rd Dynasty. All that is left of its original inscription are the parts alluding to pharaohs Amenemhat II (12th Dynasty), Merneptah (19th Dynasty) and Shoshenq I (22nd Dynasty). It is on display at the Louvre, which acquired it in 1826.