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Collection: Museum of Ancient Cultures

Sobek Amulet

Accession # MU3286
Creator
Culture Egyptian
Period Late Period
Date 664-323 BCE
Provenance Egypt
Material/s Mid-blue faience
Dimensions 0.9cm (h) x 2.4cm (w) x 0.7cm (d)
Collection Museum of Ancient Cultures
Source Macquarie University, MAC
Classification
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MU3286 is a blue faience amulet that depicts the god Sobek in the form of a crocodile. All of the characteristic features of the crocodile can be clearly observed on this small amulet, including its legs, scales on its back and tail and a raised head with prominent eyes, indicating that the crocodile is ready to strike. The hole under the neck of the crocodile would allow the amulet to be strung and worn, providing the wearer with the strength and protection of the crocodile to ward off evil and danger. As one of the most dangerous animals one could encounter along the river Nile, the crocodile was both feared and revered for its ferocity. MU3286 is an excellent example of the type of amulets that are frequently attested in the archaeological record for the New Kingdom (1550-1069 BCE) and later periods.
  • Syllabus Links
    • Stage 6 Preliminary
      • Investigating Ancient History, The investigation of Ancient sites and sources
    • Stage 6 HSC Ancient Societies Option A New Kingdom Egypt society to the death of Amenhotep III
      • The economy, including; Occupations, crafts and industry (ACHAH112), Technology; techniques and construction
      • Religion, death and burial, including; Gods (ACHAH141)
      • Cultural and everyday life, including; Art; sculpture and jewellery (ACHAH120, ACHAH121, ACHAH123)
    • Stage 6 HSC Ancient Societies Option B; New Kingdom Egypt society during the Ramesside Period
      • The economy, including; Occupations, crafts and industry (ACHAH112); Technological development; tools, building materials, techniques and construction
      • Religion, death and burial, including; Gods (ACHAH141) and Personal religion; magic and personal piety
      • Cultural and everyday life, including; Art; sculpture and jewellery (ACHAH120, ACHAH121, ACHAH123)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Analysis and use of sources
      • Explain the meaning and value of sources for an historical inquiry (ACHAH007, ACHAH009)
      • Analyse sources to identify and account for the different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past (ACHAH010)
      • Analyse and synthesise evidence from different types of sources to develop reasoned claims (ACHAH008)
      • Identify and analyse problems relating to sources in the investigation of the past (ACHAH011)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical investigation and research
      • Use evidence from a range of sources to inform investigation and research (ACHAH005)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Explanation and communication
      • Develop texts, particularly historical accounts and arguments, supported by relevant evidence from sources (ACHAH013)
  • Educational Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Bibliography/References
    • Andrews, C., (1994), Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London
    • Doxey, D.M., (2005), "Sobek", in Redford, D.B. (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Oxford.
    • Hart, G., (1986), A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, London.
    • Patch, D.C. (2004), "Egyptian Amulets", on The Metropolitan Museum of Art, https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/egam/hd_egam.htm
    • Petrie, W.M.F. (1914), Amulets, London.
    • Tristant, Y. & Ryan, E. (eds.) (2017), Death is Only the Beginning, Oxford, p.250-255 and cat.57, p.260-261.

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Museum of Ancient Cultures (2019). Sobek Amulet, MU3286. https://objectbasedlearning.com//museum-of-ancient-cultures/MU3286 (accessed on: 05 April 2019).

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