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Crocodile amulet

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
304–247 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
h. 1.2 cm (1/2 in); l. 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in); w. 1 cm (3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.96
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    Collection of Norbert Schimmel, by 1974 when published. Donated to the Museum by the Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1995. Published in the MMA Bulletin, Spring 1992.

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