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.
Examined in preparation for exhibition
- 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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