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The St Louis Art Museum has created an exhibition to commemorate the centennial of the St Louis Worlds Fair This exhibition presents to the viewer works of art created throughout time from 2520 BCE until 1498 CE These works of art include architecture paintings and stained glass many based on religion Most of these artworks are extremely detailed and took several years to complete This exhibition will teach the viewer about each of these significant works of art from how and when it was created to its significance and purpose The first of these works of art is the Great Sphinx It was created for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khafre during his reign 2520 to 2494 BCE It was created in the Khafres Valley Temple This sculpture was one of the first largest in Egypt The sculpture was called the Great Sphinx because the word sphinx was used by Greeks to describe a creature that had a womens head a lions body and a birds wings There are many sphinxes in Egypt but this one in particular was made of limestone and has the face of a king and the body of a lion The face four meters wide his mouth was two meters wide his eyes are two meters high and his nose would have been 15 meters long if it had not long ago fallen off The face and the body of the sphinx are actually disproportionate with the body having a scale of 221 while the head has a scale of 301 The kings head symbolizes power and strength controlled by the pharaoh while the lions body was a solar symbol accompanying the fact that the Great Sphinx faces the rising sun much like the sun templesThe second of these works of art is the Ishtar Gate created in 575BCE King Nebuchadnezzar II ordered the Ishtar Gate to be created because he wanted his capital to be beautiful He dedicated the gate to
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