Finely crafted bronze statue. In Greek mythology, the Sphinx was depicted as a single, unique creature with the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle and the head and breast of a human female. It is also believed that The Sphinx leaped to her death when she asked Oedipus a riddle and was given the correct answer. The Egyptians, Greeks and peoples of the Near East all had stories about such a creature. The Egyptian Sphinx usually had the head of a man and the body, legs, feet and tail of a lion. The Greek Sphinx usually had the head of a woman and according to Greek literature, lived on a high rock outside the city of Thebes. Green patina.