Statuette of Sobek

A work made of copper alloy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copper alloy.

Date:

Late Period, Dynasty 26–30 (664–332 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Here the crocodile god Sobek, associated with water and the Nile River, wears an elaborate crown adorned with horns, feathers, and a uraeus (sacred serpent). Egyptian gods were commonly depicted with human bodies and animal heads. The animal referred to the god’s personality or characteristics, not his or her appearance. For example, the crocodile head of Sobek alludes to his fierceness. The Greeks and Romans took these mixed forms literally rather than symbolically, and some Classical authors, accustomed to gods in human form, derided the Egyptians for their “ridiculous” gods, dismissing them as “dog-faced Egyptians, dressed up in linen.” Statuettes like these were offered to the gods to ask for their help or in thanks for their assistance.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Statuette of Sobek

Origin

Egypt

Date

664 BC–332 BC

Medium

Copper alloy

Dimensions

16.7 × 4.5 × 5 cm (6 5/8 × 1 7/8 × 2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Robert H. Fleming

Reference Number

1894.260

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