4 December 2012

Egypt: Roman Lion-Shaped Statues Discovered

Two limestone statues in the form of crouching lions and dating back to the Ptolemaic era were unearthed outside God Sokopaes Temple in the area of Dimat al-Siba'a, al-Fayoum governorate, said Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Mohamed Ibrahim.

"The two statues, discovered by a mission from the Italian University of Salento-Lecce, were used as gargoyles like those on rooftops of Greco-Roman temples in Upper Egypt," said Ibrahim.

The statues are in good shape, up to 1.60 meters long, 0.90 meters wide and 0.80 meters high but differ in form and details.

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