The mother-sphinx is one of the two mascots of Absalom, the other being the hippocampus. The sphinx is the older of the two, brought over by some of the first inhabitants migrating to Absalom from Osirion. The mother-sphinx almost always has the body of a lion, a female humanoid woman's torso and head, and wings. She often has human-like hands, carries a scale and scepter, and is sometimes shown as pregnant, holding a scroll, or riding on the crest of a wave.
She represents the mixed nature of the city, using the hybrid form of the sphinx to represent the various locations around Golarion. She also can be found on the platinum sphinx, Absalom's platinum coin.