Lioness of Gobedra
The Lioness of Gobedra is a representation of a crouching lioness, about 3 metres long, carved in relief on a large rock outcropping. First described by German archeologists in 1913, this carving is located two kilometers west of Axum, Ethiopia.
The reason for this isolated stone carving is unknown, but the subject of much speculation. A local story, according to Philip Briggs, is that Archangel Michael was attacked by a lion here, and "he repelled the lion with such force it left an outline in the rock." Not far away is a quarry, where the stelae that adorn Axum is thought to have been carved , containing and a partially carved example.
- Philip Briggs, Guide to Ethiopia, fifth edition (Old Saybrook: Globe Pequot Press, 2009), p. 264
- Photograph of the carving a very clear photograph of the Lioness of Gobedra
- Several photographs of the Lioness of Gobedra which is stated on the site as possibly dating to sometime B.C. and many details about the carving
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