Sphinx weighing 11 tons was moved at the University of Pennsylvania Museum

An extraordinary event took place at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology: one of the exhibits - the Sphinx weighing 11 tons - was moved from the Egyptian exhibition hall of the Penn Museum to the main lobby.

The Sphinx dates back to the era of the pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled from 1279 to 1213 BC. e. Its dimensions are 132 cm in diameter and 213 cm in height. In order to drag it over a distance of just over 91 meters, a special team carefully planned each of its movements. The preparation took several months.

Engineers have built a massive ramp on the Penn campus, capable of supporting the enormous weight of the sphinx and a team of movers. In the past, a similar operation was carried out using log rollers. This time, a special hydraulic cart was used, with the help of which a giant multi-ton statue can be moved by one person.

The Sphinx is currently in a wing of the building, which is undergoing renovation, which will last until November 16, 2019.