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Head of a Crocodile
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Head of a Crocodile


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Description The crocodile is closely related to the god Sobek, who was worshipped in different places in Egypt, particularly in Kom Ombo and Sumenu, in the Faiyum. In Ptolemaic times Sobek was connected to the sun-god Re, and therefore also to the Greek solar god Helios. This inlay displays a very carefully worked crocodile head, which presents a lot of details such as teeth, protruding eyes, and curved supraorbital niches.
Conservation

Examined in preparation for exhibition

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined
8/21/1998Examinationsurvey
Exhibitions
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
  • Die Entstehung der Welt. Ägyptens letzter Schöpfungsmythos (The Origin of the World. Egypt’s Last Creation Myth). Roemer- und Pelizaeus- Museum, Hildesheim; Kunsthalle Leoben, Leoben. 2014-2015.
Provenance Khawam Brothers, Cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931

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Period
ca. 380-250 BCE (Late Period (30th dynasty) - early Ptolemaic Period)
Medium
dark blue glass
(Glasswares)
Accession Number
47.117
Measurements
H: 15/16 x W: 1 9/16 x D: 5/16 in. (2.4 x 3.9 x 0.8 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Out On Exhibition Loan

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