Rouen: Sphinx on a balcony

Sphinx is a mythical creature often depicted with human head, lion’s body and at times, wings of a bird. While in Egyptian mythology sphinx typically dons a man’s head, in Greek mythology sphinx carries a woman’s head. The carvings of these creatures are often placed at entrances of religious temples or to decorate the royal tombs. The sphinx photographed above in Rouen guards neither a tomb nor a religious space. Instead it sits at the end of a balcony of a high rised building. Also, it has a modern woman’s head and no wings. The smiling face suggests a relaxing demeanor!


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