While I don't subscribe to the Orion correlation theory or the related water erosion theory, the head of the Great Sphinx of Giza is disproportionally small compared to its body. The fringe theories mentioned explain that by having the Sphinx be a statue of a lion, much older, which had its head reshaped to resemble that of a Pharaoh much later.

Is there a widely accepted explanation for its disproportionally small head?

Or is the head just not that small?

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    How big is the head of a sphinx compared to its body? Whose standard of proportion should we be using?
    – Steve Bird
    Apr 13 '18 at 12:43
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    Of course, if you are building something only with rock (and not a very hard one because you have to carve in), how big the chunk at the top is is limited by how much weight the chunks under it can support. Add to it a reasonable security margin because the engineers do not want to become cocodrile fodder, should the head collapse. Or maybe the slaves'trade union complained and got a better deal...
    – SJuan76
    Apr 13 '18 at 12:57
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    It is very hard for me to judge how well the proportions are respected in the Great Sphinx of Giza because I've never observed with enough attention a real, living Sphinx.
    – Evargalo
    Apr 13 '18 at 13:09
  • @Evargalo I think the Berlin Zoo has one. But seriously, compared with other sphinxes (both Egyptian and other, such as Greek), the head seems small.
    – SQB
    Apr 13 '18 at 13:26
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    It's supposed to be a lion body with a human head, and I'm sure most human's heads would look small on a lion's body. Maybe the Egyptians were going for realism.
    – Giter
    Apr 13 '18 at 16:26

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