Year: 1550-1070 a.C.
Dimension: Higth19 cm including stand, lenght 40 cm circa
New Kingdom, 1550-1070 BC. A carved wooden model of a crocodile with open mouth, curved tail, legs in swimming posture; mounted on a custom-made stand. Property of an American gentleman; from his father's estate, acquired Butterfield's, San Francisco, USA, in 1971.
See Taylor, J.H. Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, London, 2001 for discussion.
Sobek was an Ancient Egyptian deity with a complex and fluid nature. He is associated with the Nile crocodile and is either represented in its form or as a human with a crocodile head. Sobek was also associated with pharaonic power, fertility, and military prowess, but served additionally as a protective deity with apotropaic qualities, invoked particularly for protection against the dangers presented by the Nile river.