Emile Prisse d'Avesnes (1807-1879), Criosphinx, 1858. Watercolor on graphite sketch
Titled and annotated "Amenophis III - XVIIIe Dynastie" at the bottom center.
This watercolor represents a criosphinx, or sphinx with a ram head, composed of a lions body lying and a head of ram with hooked horns. He wears a nemes.
Between his forelegs stands a mummiform statue of Osiris wearing a nemes and a postiche beard, his arms are crossed on his torso and he holds an hekat scepter.
This watercolor is preparatory for a chromolithography realized by Franz Kellerhoven (1814-1872).
It is intended to illustrate the book "Histoire de l'art égyptien d'après les monuments depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'à la domination romaine", atlas in two volumes containing 160 chromolithography plates, and a text volume, publishe in 1879 by A. Bertrand, in Paris.
Link to the e-book : http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-68c6-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Prisses d'Avesnes realized this watercolor during a scientific journey undertaken between 1858 and 1860 and ordered by Napoleon the 3rd.
It is certainly one of the criosphinx which adorned the alley of the entry of the Karnak temple.
Height : 11.4 inches (29,3 cm)
Length : 15.4 inches (39,3 cm)
Condition: Very good condition. Small restored tear at the bottom center.