A beautiful new sphinx from the Ptolemaic era (circa 305–30 BCE) has (accidentally) been discovered in Kom Ombo, Egypt. Most people today are aware that the sphinx is a popular Egyptian symbol, but not as many can say what it means. First, it’s important to distinguish between Greek and Egyptian sphinxes. Greek sphinxes are depicted as female monsters that go around telling riddles and eating those who can’t answer them. Egyptian sphinxes, on the other hand, are generally male and benevolent, guarding temples and tombs. I should also point out that the Egyptians did not refer to their sphinxes as such, since this word is not Egyptian but Greek. The most famous Egyptian sphinx, the Great Sphinx of Giza, was actually called Hor-Em-Akhet (“Horus of the Horizon”) in New Kingdom times (circa 1550–1077 BCE).
The final resting place of Mehu, an Egyptian official who lived during the time of King Teti in the 6th dynasty (circa 2345–2333 BCE), has now been opened to the public. It has been undergoing restoration work ever since it was originally discovered by Dr. Zaki Saad in 1940. Now it can be enjoyed by anyone who travels to Egypt, not just archaeologists. May the soul of Mehu rejoice in his newfound fame and glory!