Hello kitty! Leopard face reconstructed from ancient Egyptian sarcophagus
Excavation of an ancient city of the dead in Aswan, Egypt, recently uncovered pieces of a sarcophagus lid that had been decorated with the colorful face of a leopard. Now, archaeologists have released the first image showing a digital reconstruction of the artwork fragment, found in a necropolis containing 300 tombs and dating to the seventh century B.C.
In the image, most of the big cat’s wide-eyed face is visible. When the lid rested on the sarcophagus, the head of the leopard would have aligned with the head of the mummy inside, representatives of the University of Milan said in a statement.
In ancient Egyptian society, leopards represented determination and power; the animal’s representation in the tomb was likely intended to strengthen the spirit of the recently deceased for their journey to the land of the dead, according to the statement. Read more.