About this object

Mummified young crocodile originally wrapped in bandages. The crocodile was the sacred animal of the god Sobek. The cult temples reared large numbers of crocodiles for mummification. Date uncertain but probably Late Period through to the Roman Period. Unwrapped with trace of linen and resin stuck to the surface. Strips of reed stuck underneath the body to provide support.

Purchased at Steven's Auction Rooms Ltd., London, 15 October lot 575 (1 of 14 items).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Romano-Egyptian or earlier
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    395 AD before
  • Materials
    Animal; Textile ; Reed
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1930 before
  • Measurements
    32 mm x 30 mm x 323 mm
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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