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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

The crocodile is probably a representation of the god Sobek, whose cult was popular in the large, watery, fertile depression called the Faiyum to the west of the Nile Valley. Because small-scale images of animals are difficult to date solely on the basis of style, this ring has been attributed to periods as diverse as Dynasty XVIII (circa 1539–1295 B.C.) and the Late Period (circa 664–332 B.C.).

  • Possible Place Made: Fayum, Egypt
  • DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty (or later)
    DIMENSIONS 1 x 1 3/16 in. (2.5 x 3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Ring. Gold, 1 x 1 3/16 in. (2.5 x 3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 74.21. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.74.21_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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