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Egypt, Lion, bronze, Late Period, Dynasty 30 to Roman Period, 380 BCE–50 CE.Gallery 2
In Egyptian culture, lions were noted for their strength and royalty and were often used to symbolically represent kings and pharaohs. It was also common to see a pharaoh’s head placed on a lion’s body, creating the Egyptian sphinx that has become so familiar. Alexander the Great’s burial included a miniature temple guarded by golden lions—much like Egyptian kings protected their realm, the lion often symbolically protected the kings. It is possible that this lion was created for a similar purpose.
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