2015. The original beard from Khafra's time would have been straight- a king's. By Carly Strickland . Guiza Museo Británico Escultura De León Estatua Arte. EGYPT's Great Pyramid and Sphinx were excavated by a British explorer more than 200 years ago, but his account would go unpublished until they were unearthed in the British Museum. In antiquity, the beard fell off, and was later carted away to the British Museum. British Museum Sphinx Beard. The Great Sphinx at Giza is in danger of losing more than its shoulder (Cairo Journal, March 2). The adapted beard eventually broke off, but fragments were found between the front paws in the 19th century. Other portions are now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Giza's Sphinx beard British Museum. Limestone fragments of the Sphinx's beard in the British Museum, 14th Century BC. Giovanni Battista Caviglia discovered the fragment in 1817. N.p., n.d. You can find a fragment of the beard of the Great Sphinx in the British Museum. (The British Museum). Later Egyptian rulers worshipped it as an aspect of the sun god, calling it Hor-Em-Akhet (“Horus of the Horizon”). The 4,600-year-old monument originally had a stone paranoiac beard, which buttressed its somewhat unstable head. The Mystery of the Great Sphinx. False beards a Pharonic fetish, straight when alive and curly when dead.  In addition to the lost nose, a ceremonial pharaonic beard is thought to have been attached, although this may have been added in later periods after the original construction. Loading... Autoplay When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next. Although the Sphinx isn’t in its best shape now and given that time has taken a toll on the statue, in ancient times, the Sphinx was kind of like a rock star, painted in beautiful vivid colors. The nose and beard are missing. Facing the rising sun, the Great Sphinx is located on the Giza plateau, about 10 km west of Cairo, on the west bank of the Nile River. It's in the basement, but they don't have the room to display it. The sphinx also sports a ceremonial royal beard and a carved necklace or collar. (British Museum / Art Resource, NY) At various times Saharan sands largely buried the monument (c. late 19th century). 11 Mar. The remnants of the Sphinx’s beard are located in the British Museum. Up next This Wasn't Supposed to be a Sphinx - Duration: 3:42. What more do you wanna know about ancient facial hair? From Giza, Egypt. 18th Dynasty, probably reign of Thutmose IV, circa 1400-1390 BCE. Haughton, Brian. Fragments found near the Sphinx statue indicate a beard. The Sphinx's Beard is in the British Museum. Works Cited “Fragment of the Beard of the Great Sphinx.” British Museum. A colorful statue. Web.