Egyptian Limestone Crocodile
An ancient Egyptian limestone crocodile an an integral plinth that once served as the lid of a sarcophagus shrine for a mummified crocodile.
Late Period, Ca. 700-30 BC.
Sobek was an Egyptian deity associated with the Nile crocodile. The god was thought to relate to fertility and military prowess, but mainly he was a protective deity especially regarding the dangers of Nile flooding. His cult centers were in the Faiyum and at Kom Ombo, in Upper Egypt The Greco-Roman temple at this site was called the, "house of Sobek."
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired through inheritance from a collection formed prior to 1948.