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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 BCE)

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. Statuettes like these were offered to the gods to ask for their help or in thanks for their assistance.

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Arts of Africa, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Statuette of Sobek

Origin

Egypt

Date

664 BCE–332 BCE

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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