Mummified crocodile - 910.169.24_1


Mummified crocodile

Medium:Animal remains; textile
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th (Saite) to 30th Dynasty, Late Period
26.5 x 5 x 2.5 cm
Object number: 910.169.24
On view
Gallery Location:CIBC Discovery Gallery
DescriptionThe Ancient Egyptians mummified millions of animals and birds, but, perhaps because the reason behind this practice was so obvious to them, they never wrote down why they did it. Though some pets were mummified, most animal mummies were animals raised in temple precincts for eventual sacrifice and mummification. Specially chosen animals were the avatars of gods, such as the sacred hawk at Edfu or the Apis bull at Memphis. Most animals, however, may have been seen rather as heralds who entered the Afterlife grateful to the sponsor who paid for their care and feeding and embalming. They were very often given as Votive Offerings. Crocodiles were sacred to the god Sobek, who was seen as soverign of the Nile. Crocodiles were one of the man-eaters of ancient Egypt, who needed to be appeased.
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