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The crocodile is probably a representation of the god Sobek, whose cult was popular in the large, watery, fertile depression called the Faiyum to the west of the Nile Valley. Because small-scale images of animals are difficult to date solely on the basis of style, this ring has been attributed to periods as diverse as Dynasty XVIII (circa 1539–1295 B.C.) and the Late Period (circa 664–332 B.C.).

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