Volume V Plate 12 - The Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Cheops ~ With a royal human head on a lion's body, The Great Sphinx is believed to be the most immense stone sculpture in the round ever made by man. Symbolizing power and might, the Sphinx faces the rising sun, and was the center of royal worship. Princes and kings erected stelae, slabs of stone or wood with inscriptions, paintings, or reliefs, between the paws of the Sphinx.