A sphinx is a mythical creature with, as a minimum, the body of a lion and a human head. In Greek tradition, sphinnx statues has the haunches of a lion, sometimes with the wings of a great bird, and the face of a human. Sphinnx statues is mythical as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer its riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are killed and eaten by this ravenous monster of sphinnx statues.
This deadly version of a sphinx statues appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus.