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An Egyptian Blue-Glazed Steatite Crocodile Bead, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2040 - 1786 BC - Sands of Time Ancient Art
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An Egyptian Blue-Glazed Steatite Crocodile Bead, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2040 - 1786 BC

a steatite bead with blue-glazed detail, pierced through the center lengthwise, four confronted crocodiles flank each face of the bead side by side, the tips of thier noses face upwards and thier tails curl underneath them, scales and spines are emphasized by the blue glaze that fills the hatched incisions.

Crocodiles were of great significance to the ancient Egyptians, as the Nile crocodile was a fierce predator native to the river delta. Further, Sobek was an ancient god of crocodiles. The people of Egypt worshipped him to gain his protection and strength, or reviled him and killed the crocodiles of the area beacuse of the evil and harm they could do. To his worshipers, he was a god who created the Nile, a god of fertility and rebirth, and the symbolic strength of the ruler of Egypt. 

Condition:Some mineral deposits that do not detract, piece is otherwise intact and in great condition overall. 

 

Dimensions:Height: 1.7 cm (.66 inches), Mounted Height: 3 cm (1.18 inches)

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