Crocodile Head and Ibis
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
In the Old Kingdom (circa 2670–2195 B.C.) silver was more valuable than gold, but this gradually changed. By the New Kingdom gold was twice as valuable as silver, and by the Ptolemaic Period it was thirteen times as valuable. This, along with the corrosiveness of silver, may explain why many of the silver sculptures known from ancient Egypt are Ptolemaic in date.
Ptolemaic Period (possibly)
13/16 x 9/16 x 1 9/16 in. (2 x 1.5 x 3.9 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Crocodile Head and Ibis, 305-30 B.C.E. Silver, 13/16 x 9/16 x 1 9/16 in. (2 x 1.5 x 3.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 68.83.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.68.83.1_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.68.83.1_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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