Hollow Head of a Crocodile
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.
- Medium: Silver
- Reportedly From: Memphis, Egypt
- Dates: 305-30 B.C.E.
- Period: Ptolemaic Period (possibly)
- Dimensions: 13/16 x 9/16 x 1 9/16 in. (2 x 1.5 x 3.9 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 68.83.1
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Hollow Head of a Crocodile, 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
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)