Occult sphinx bronze egyptian revival sculpture by Vitaleh
Come on in, conjuror. I have for you today an idol of great power: a beautiful bronze sphinx. Famed sorcerer Éliphas Lévi believed that the sphinx had four abilities: to know, to dare, to will, and to keep silent---abilities which any aspiring mage must possess. Lévi thought that these corresponded with the four creatures united in the sphinx: man, lion, bull, and eagle.
Rarely, however, do we see the sphinx represented as a fusion of four creatures. The Great Sphinx of Giza is just man and lion, the Greek sphinx is just woman, lion, and eagle, and my Egyptian sphinx is just woman, lion, and eagle. The component of will (bull) is markedly absent.
I thus firmly believe that, lacking will, the sphinx is a slavish spirit---a tremendously brutal protector, yes, but one which can only manifest power when bound by another’s will. I once saved the life of someone very… important… by calling upon a sphinx. A story for another time.
Anyway, I thought you might appreciate this one, since idols are so useful in their evocation. She’s an original casting signed by sculptor Aldo Vitaleh. Perhaps not the most portable at a foot tall and 9 pounds, but I’m sure you can manage.
Bronze with base: 12" H x 7" W. Marble base: 7" L X 4" W. 9 lbs.