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Everybody wants manticore by humon Everybody wants manticore by humon
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Them redheads, you know.

Manticore (the red one) is not usually considered a sphinx, but it fits the criteria: a lion with the head of a human.
There are no real stories about them because people just kept copying the same text, so it doesn't change much either. Said to love the taste of humans, unable to kill elephants, and fight "the headless people"."

On the left we have the Egyptian sphinx. They are usually male, but females do exist. They must be the most chill of the sphinxes because they're always portrayed in a relaxed position.

Next to him is the Greek sphinx. They're usually female, though they could also be male in older art. They are quite violent and most art portray them attacking men or watching them rest.

And finally an Indian sphinx, also known as a purushamriga. They come in both male and female, often as a pair, and both with a human chest. They're very peaceful, always smiling, and always willing to help.

I wanted to add more sphinxes but sadly I ran out of space on the paper.
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:icontabisanekosan:
TabisaNekosan Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Make another pic for More sphinxes :D
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ManticoreWarrior21 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
My Manticores are less human-lion, more simian-tiger.
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grazatt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
How many more kinds of sphinx are there/
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Faol-bigbadwolf Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Sphinxes! I luv sphinxes *v*
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Seriously there are other sphinxes!? maybe you can do another. :)
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:iconcosmosiren:
cosmosiren Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I love sphinxes!
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Will-of-the-spurr Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
What myth does the manticore come from?
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:iconineyraei:
iNeyraei Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Persian, if I remember correctly.
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:iconorangenelly:
orangenelly Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love this picture. Mythology is great! :D

I think I'll watch you!
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Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hooray!!! ALL of the sphinxes!!!
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:icontaalaruhun:
taalaruhun Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh very cute designs :3
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Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting, I was hoping someone would notice this!
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slayerfan45 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I thought manticores were just big lions with scorpion tails
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Bartsimpson1912 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I adore the Egyptian sphinx, it looks wonderful :3
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lone-wolf1991 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
i love it beautiful
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:iconzielle:
Zielle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's also Lamassu and the Persian Sphinx
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LKani Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
Manticores are some of my favorite mythological beasts. They're so bizarre. It's pretty neat you drew one. Kudos.
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QtheXman Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist
I love this! I had no idea that there was an Indian sphinx until now...well, you learn something new everyday!
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utriv Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Love it. But generally I love most of your stuff.
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OctarinePegacorn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Writer
Manticores kind of scare me, but I wish they were more popular.
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greenfrostfire Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Hehe, Its fun to see someone take notice of the greek Sphinx.
Poor greek myths need moar love~ Like the fun sphinx and bisexual Heracles.

and wow~ I had no idea India had its own take on the sphinx. Learn something new every day :3
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Sugar-Bielbog Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
The Greek sphinx is so precious.
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JoeoftheMasks Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for a second it looked like the Manticore was humping the Egypt sphinx... nope still looks like it.
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Fox-Hunter Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's interesting!

Never heard about different typoes of Sphinx in different cultures..
I know there's the egyption (the most famous) and there's a greek myth about an Sphinx, but I did never imagine they looked different.. I used to imagine them as the same creature!
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Singemeister Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Wot? No Hieraco- or Criosphinxes?

Is there a kilroyplz icon?
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flouncy101 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe I have just been on the internet too long, but I totally thought the Egyptian Sphinx and the Manticore were getting it on, and that the Greek one totally wanted in on that... and that the other was just like, "Oooh. Well isn't that nice? =]"
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PS2addictedlioness Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Manticores manticores manticores! :la:
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Gray-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like them. My favourite is the Indian sphinx though for obvious reasons. He looks so kindly and cheerful. And I like how he's looking at his 'cousins' in such a friendly way. It really brings out how kind and non-judgemental he is.
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skylite-compass Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's interesting that there are sphinxes in more than one culture
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Howlinatmoon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if I'm right the Greek got it from the Egyptians. Just like their sculptures. XD
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jelly-berry Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I didnīt know of the Indian sphinx! It is very nice. I like the Egiptian one, though.
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Squigglyrocks Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Why do I see this being some weird kid's show? You've got the grump, the chill dude, the strong female and the kind innocent!
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HM-Dragon-Dreamer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought the manticore had a scorpion like tail... Or I might be wrong.
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Hinatableu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I hope you do another one with more sphinxes, because I only knew of the egyptian sphinx, and never the others O_O.
So far I like the Indian sphinx XD
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Egyptian sphinx, totally chill and rockin the headdress ;)
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AP-Wulf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i love your art. it can be humorous, it can be informative, it's always amazing. and with this kind of thing it makes me even more interested in stuff like sphinxes that I personally never think twice about. so thank you humon ;-; you rock <3
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garnettfox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
....My first thought when I saw the thumb nail 'Why is a manticore humping a Sphinx?' XD
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Tujima Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me want to go reread the book A Spell for Chameleon -- there's a large red manticore on the cover ^___^
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Sounddrive Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's cool to know!
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xsanto Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used to be all hyped about Manticores when I was a kid. It came before everything else and right after dinosaurs :p
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Trexrider Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Hope to see you draw more sphinxes soon! xD
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satane Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
I didn't realize there are so many types of sphinxes. Good to know.
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Hehe, these are adorable ^__^. Based on their attitudes,it sounds like I would be a purushamriga.

"The Greek sphinx likes to attack men and watch them sleep". If I saw that thing peeping in on me while I slept, I would be a wee bit frightened XD.
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Vamp-Fledging Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Are headless people literally headless?
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bubblemouth Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't Greek sphinxes usually have their tits hanging out like nobody's business?
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stuffedbellylover Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Nice art!

Best wishes,

Chris
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LordKuroiClockwork Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you are my history teacher
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kitkithidan27 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dat Manticore :icondatassplz:
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Oku37 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist
The way it's drawn it looks almost like the red one is banging the one laying down ^^ haha i had to look twice!
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Lunamint Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Artist
hahhaha i did the same thing XD
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