About this object

Mummified young crocodile wrapped in bandages. 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: Thebes
  • Date made
    395 AD before
  • Materials
    Crocodile; Linen
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1847 before
  • Measurements
    330 mm
  • Note
    Mrs Manby collection, 1885.
  • Related people
    Mrs Manby (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1847
    How acquired: Donation
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Mrs Manby

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1847
    Disposal method: Donation
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