The Sphinx, c 1880.
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A photograph of the Sphinx, Egypt, taken by Pascal Sebah. A single robed figure stands in the sand in front of the Sphinx at Giza. The Sphinx, with its lion's body and human face, is carved out of a natural rock outcrop. It is thought to have been built by the pharaoh Khafre [c 2555-2532 BC]. Pascal Sebah was a noted Turkish photographer. He began his career in Constantinople (Istanbul) in the 1860s and 1870s. In 1873 he opened a studio in Egypt.