Scarce Ancient Egyptian 'Sobek' Amulet
Faience, 0.45 grams; 14.04 mm. Late Dynastic Period, circa 715-332 BC. A beautiful light blue coloured amulet in the form of the crocodile god. Sobek was most popular in the city of Arsinoe; the Greeks renamed the city Crocodilopolis. Ancient Egyptians would keep crocodiles in pools and temples. They ornamented the crocodiles with jewels in honor of their beloved god, Sobek. The people of ancient Egypt worshiped Sobek in order to appease him, the crocodiles, and to insure the fertility of their people and crops. Made with a hole through its centre for suspension. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.