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I get a strong impression that you think three dimensional carving, in proper proportion, on a massive scale, is easy as the blink of an eye; apparently, you're not a carver on any scale. One of my hobbies is carving, mostly in wood, but some stone work, on a small scale (1 to 2 foot sizes). On any scale, it takes considerable planning, (after all, you remove too much, you can hardly put it back succesfully) and on the massive scale of the Sphinx, a tremendous amount of organisation for the actual sculpting, stone removal, feeding/housing the workforce, etc.; this isn't a matter of magic, but requires a reasonably well developed culture to make it happen. BTW, as for keeping things in proportion, I do recognize that the head of the Sphinx is quite small for the other proportions of the sculpture, and I therefore subscribe to the idea that it was likely an entire lion, at first. I think the human face is a later modification by an over-ego-ed Pharoah. Considering the badly eroded condition of the body, relative to the head, and the fact that the body was buried for a considerable part of its past, I agree with others that it is likely far older that Pharoaonic.
How 'easy' was it for us, in the 20th century, to carve the faces on Mt. Rushmore? It still took a full generation, even with power drills/chisels, and explosives; we didn't even bother to haul away the rubble-it still piled up at the foot of the mountain. Perhaps this in itself means that we are not 'advanced'.