About this object

Mummified crocodile wrapped in linen. The crocodile was the sacred animal of the god Sobek. The cult temples reared large numbers of crocodiles for mummification. They were kept in lakes and fed lots of food by temple staff and visitors.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Romano-Egyptian or earlier
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    395 AD before
  • Materials
    Linen; Crocodile
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Samuel Woodward
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    95 mm x 140 mm x 450 mm
  • Note
    S. Woodward collection, 1838, from Belzoni, 1834.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); Samuel Woodward (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

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