Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner
Lintel bearing a leopard relief
Mamluk period, 13th century
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 2003-780
This lintel is from the facade of a Crusader-turned-Mamluk castle in Safed, which was a provincial capital. It is carved with the leopard emblem of the Mamluk Sultan Baybars (1260–1277) in relief. Baybars was a renowned sultan and warrior, who succeeded not only in driving out the Crusaders but also in stopping the invading Mongol army at the battle of Ayn Jalut (En Harod).

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir