- Ptolemaic Period
- 304–247 B.C.
- From Egypt
- H. 1.1 cm (7/16 in.); W. 1.5 cm (9/16 in.); L. 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
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Crocodiles were dangerous animals, but Sobek, probably the divinity depicted in this amulet, was a benevolent water deity. The Nile issuing from his sweat made the valley productive, and as a fertility god he was linked to the myth surrounding rebirth in the afterlife. The fine quality of this piece suggests it was a temple offering.