Sphinx at Manitoba Legislative Building

Sphinx at Manitoba Legislative Building with Winter Snow - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 29, 2012: Sphinx at Manitoba Legislative Building

Need to go to Egypt to see Sphinx?
How about Winnipeg?!?! ò.ó

Besides the Golden Boy, the Manitoba Legislative Building also has two Sphinxes!!! Sculpted by Albert Hodge, the sphinx is located on either side atop the pediment at the front (north) entrance of Legislative Building. In Egypt, a sphinx was regarded as a guardian whose role was to protect valuables such as the pyramid tombs of ancient Egyptian pharaohs. It was also recognized as the representative of the god Horus, the Egyptian god of wisdom. In Greek mythology, the sphinx was a creature who sat on a high rock near the city of Thebes and interrogated all travelers passing by with a riddle. Those who could not answer the riddle of the Universe were strangled.

The Riddle of the Sphinx

“What has one voice, and is four-footed, two-footed and three-footed?”

Oedipus solved the riddle and the sphinx killed herself.

Answer: A man, who crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a cane in old age.

Sphinx and Golden Boy Sculpture at Manitoba Legislative Building - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 29, 2012: Sphinx and Golden Boy



Close-up View of Sphinx at Manitoba Legislature Building - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 29, 2012: Close-up view of the sphinx.

Sphinx Sculpture during Manitoba Legislative Building Sightseeing Tour in Winter - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 29, 2012: Of Sphinx and Me :D

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