A Lion as a Guard in Egypt
Photo: Lion's Press Agency
The Egyptians were impressed by the strength of us, lions, and produced lions in stone as guards. The example on the picture is from the entrance to a chapel of the Serapeum in Saqqara. It was created during the reign of pharao Amenophis III, about 1400-1350 BC.
This lion in limestone seems in a good mood in spite of the crowds visiting the temple. It is one of a symmetrical pair. This limestone lion can be seen in The Louvre in Paris. The animal has an unusual pose compared to Egyptian sphinxes.
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