I've stared at pictures of the Sphinx's battered face for some time now, trying to interpret it, Photoshop it, make it resemble its original appearance, whatever that was. Or whoever that was. But who was that?
This past week I saw yet another documentary on the Sphinx, and it provided fairly convincing evidence that the Sphinx was made by Khufu's son, Khafra, in honor of himself. Khafra is the man depicted by the Sphinx. It is not Alfred E. Neuman, no matter how much you want to argue.
I found a fairly good image of Khafra and Photoshopped his face onto that of the Sphinx. It seemed to fit. Khafra had a slightly chubby face, big nose, high cheekbones, and full lips. Khafra's ears also closely resembled those of the Sphinx.
Once I got Khafra's puss onto the Sphinx, I was astounded at how real it looks, how well it fits. Now I can believe this version of the Sphinx. This might well be what it really looked like 2,500 years before Christ. Once again, I present the current condition of the Sphinx's face for comparative purposes. It's on the right. Don't pretend you didn't know.
Here's the Khafra image I used. I like this guy. I could have a beer with this guy and puff a few cigars too.