The Great Sphinx of Tanis.
The Great Sphinx of Tanis is one of the largest sphinxes outside Egypt. Found in 1825 among the ruins of the Temple of Amun at Tanis, the capital of Egypt in the 21st and 22nd dynasties, it was successively inscribed with the names of the pharaohs Ammenemes II (12th Dynasty, 1929-1895 BC), Merneptah (19th Dynasty, 1212-02 BC) and Shoshenq I (22nd Dynasty, 945-24 BC).
The shen hieroglyph sculpted on the plinth under each paw evokes a cartouche, confirming the royal nature of the monument. The original texts, traces of which are still visible, were deliberately erased and replaced and the face does not resemble any known, well-documented royal portrait. In light of this, dating the sphinx with exact certainty is impossible. Some date it to the 12th dynasty, and others to the 6th or even the 4th, as far back as 2600 BC. (louvre)