Door handle, this symbol was believed to be the “Key of Life”. The Lion Temple, built in 230BC by King Arnekhamani. North Sudan.
Arnekhamani is famous for building the “Lion Temple” at Musawwarat es-Sufra. This temple is one of the most beautiful ancient monuments still surviving in Sudan. No historical documents survive from his reign. Because his temple relief’s are so beautiful and powerful, archaeologists believe that Arnekhamani supported growth of art and architecture. He and his dynasty also promoted the worship of the Meroitic lion god Apedemak, who became as important to the Meroitic people as Amun.