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Crocodile Stela

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.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Possible Place Made: Dahamsha
  • DATES ca. 1295-1070 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XIX Dynasty to XX Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 9 3/4 x 6 x 2 7/8 in. (24.8 x 15.2 x 7.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 67.174
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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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