Crocodile amulet

Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134

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.

Crocodile amulet, Faience

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