Plaque depicting head of a crocodile, perhaps the god Sobek

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At A Glance

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  • Period

    664-525 BCE or later
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 8.3 x 12.5 x 1.6 cm (3 1/4 x 4 15/16 x 5/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Rectangular fragment of limestone sculpture, upper surface carved in relief with a crocodile head in profile, facing right. The nostrils, eyes, and teeth of the crocodile are finely modelled. Small modelled bumps between the eyes and nostrils resemble leathery skin markings.
    The object is broken on the left and bottom edges; the remaining two edges are slightly abraded. The upper surface of the relief is slightly scratched.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Michel Casira (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    To 1908
    Michel Casira, Cairo, to 1908 [1]
    From 1908 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Michel Casira, Cairo, in 1908 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Micellaneous List, S.I. 57, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 20: A Collector’s Eye: Freer in Egypt
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