"Sphinxes"

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These sphinx designs are loosely based on the black granite sphinxes commissioned to mark the entrance to the de Young Museum during the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition.

Unfortunately the originals disappeared after the 1906 earthquake and the museum commissioned these concrete replicas to replace them. Egypt-themed works like these were inspired by 19th century archeological discoveries like the 1858 excavation of the Great Sphinx of Giza.

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At the north entrance to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse

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