Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
The upper register of this stela shows what is most likely a statue of Sobek or Sobek-Re, a god associated with the Nile and its annual flood wearing a crown consisting of two plumes and a sun disk. The god surmounts a shrine under a tree, perhaps also an object of veneration. The crocodiles shown below are probably representations of the animals kept in the temple precinct, which were seen as manifestations of the bau, or powers, of the god. However, it is also possible that they represent successive regenerations of the god.
ca. 1295-1070 B.C.E.
XIX Dynasty to XX Dynasty
9 3/4 x 6 x 2 7/8 in. (24.8 x 15.2 x 7.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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