| Saqqara Lion |
|Site||Bubasteion Necropolis, Saqqara|
The lions are fairly small, about 3 feet (just under 1 meter) in length, suggesting that they were not fully grown when they died, they are believed to have been eight months old, and date to Egypt’s 26th Dynasty (664-525 B.C.)
The lion was associated with the sun and the pharaoh. The lions are likely connected to the cat goddess Bastet and her sibling Sekhmet, the warrior goddess with the face of a lioness.
About 100 statues and statuettes were found near the burials, many of which depict cats.
In 2004 a dig found the partial remains of a lion skeleton at Saqqara.