Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The Egyptians harnessed the powers of a ferocious animal to ward off danger. In marshy areas inhabited by crocodiles, people living nearby identified this animal with their town god. Here, the divine crocodile is on a shrine with an offering table in front of him.
This fragment of a stela (commemorative stone slab) originally illustrated a prayer invoking the crocodile god Sobek, who provided all that the deceased needed in the next world.
ca. 1295-1070 B.C.E.
Dynasty 19 to Dynasty 20
9 3/4 x 6 x 2 7/8 in. (24.8 x 15.2 x 7.3 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Crocodile Stela, ca. 1295-1070 B.C.E. Limestone, 9 3/4 x 6 x 2 7/8 in. (24.8 x 15.2 x 7.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 67.174. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 67.174_SL1.jpg)
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