Another life-sized replica of the Great Sphinx has popped up in the unexpected setting of Anhui province. This fancier version of the Sphinx copycat we saw last year was constructed as part of the World Cultural Heritage Expo Park in Chuzhou city. The creative park was built by the Chancheng movie and television culture company, which started work on the animation and tourism park in June 2013.
Last year, the Sphinx copycat in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province caused an uproar within Egypt’s ministry of antiquities. The ministry complained to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that the duplicate was a violation of Egypt’s rights to its cultural heritage. Even though the replica was less than accurate, it was considered harmful to the value of the original Great Sphinx of Giza.
The company responsible for the Hebei sphinx responded by saying that it would be used as a movie set and would be demolished afterwards. The Anhui sphinx seems to have a recreational purpose and, being built as part of Chuzhou’s World Cultural Heritage Expo Park, we are sure to expect more knock-off landmarks there in the future. We wonder what Egypt’s antiquities officials will have to say about the second duplicate of their Great Sphinx in less than a year’s time?
Unlike the sphinx that was built in Hebei, this recent fake actually has an undamaged nose. Over all, this version of the Great Sphinx seems to be a bit more decorative and less true to the original Great Sphinx in its current state. Still, the structure seems to exemplify the not-so-proud tradition of “duplitecture” in China, following the Eiffel Tower in Tiandu or duplicates of the US Capitol buildings in Jiangsu.
[Photo’s: CFP, ECNS.CN]