PROFESSOR DAVID WHYTE MACDONALD, LION STATUE

On whether there were ever lions in Egypt

Today, there are no lions roaming wild in north Africa, but evidence from ancient Egypt suggests that lions once did. Could this Egyptian pottery lion, dated to 2,325 – 2,175 BC provide clues to what the north African lion might have looked like? 

"The climate in Egypt changed just about the time of the Hierakonpolis Lion, so perhaps he was amongst the first generation of lions adapting to climate warming"

Lion Statue
Egypt
VIth Dynasty (c. 2325 - c. 2175 BC)
AN1896-1908 E.189
Ground Floor | Room 23 | Dynastic Egypt and Nubia 

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