Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The Egyptians offered crocodile mummies to the god Sobek to request his help with life’s daily problems. Juvenile crocodiles were used in this practice because the full-grown adults were so dangerous.
The ancient Greek historian Herodotus devoted two chapters of his history of Egypt to crocodile worship. For the Greeks, this was an especially exotic element of Egyptian religion.
Animal remains (Nile crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus), linen, white tape
2 x 4 3/8 x 29 1/2 in. (5.1 x 11.1 x 74.9 cm) (show scale)
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Crocodile Mummy, 1st century. Animal remains (Nile crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus), linen, white tape, 2 x 4 3/8 x 29 1/2 in. (5.1 x 11.1 x 74.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 14.668. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.14.668_mummychamber.jpg)
installation, Egypt Reborn: Mummy Chamber Installation (2011), CUR.14.668_mummychamber.jpg
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