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Egyptian Bear

The bear, despite not being indigenous to Egypt, held symbolic significance. They were occasionally imported as exotic pets for the elite. Since the Predynastic Period, Egyptian Pharaohs had imported bears or received them as tributes from Syria. The earliest evidence of a bear is found on an ivory knife handle, which was found at Jabal al-Tarif near Abydos from the Predynastic period, while the earliest occurrence of importing a foreign bear comes from the Pharaoh Sahure's mortuary temple at Abusir.[1]

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