Lot 35
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An Egyptian Wood Figure of a Crocodile, Sacred to the God Sobek, Late 12th/ 13th Dynasty, circa 1800-1640 B.C.

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5,000 - 8,000 USD
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Description

  • An Egyptian Wood Figure of a Crocodile, Sacred to the God Sobek
  • Wood
  • Length 8 1/8 in. 15.6 cm.
possibly from the lid of a crocodile coffin, resting on a fragmentary base with head lifted and jaws agape, the markings of the thick hide finely carved.

Provenance

Lolo Sarnoff (1916-2014), Bethesda, Maryland and Barnard, Vermont, a gift to her in the late 1930s or early 1940s from Denise, née Mosseri, who married Lolo Sarnoff’s brother Richard Dreyfus in 1941. 

The philanthropist and sculptor Lolo Sarnoff, much of whose great art collection was sold recently at Sotheby’s, came from a distinguished heritage of connoisseurship. Her father was the Frankfurt banker and art collector Willy Dreyfus. Her mother Martha, née Koch, also a sculptor and the subject of portraits by Vlaminck and Kokoschka, remarried in 1945 a friend from her youth, the legendary art collector Robert von Hirsch.

Catalogue Note

For a considerably smaller but otherwise very similar wood crocodile see Betsy Teasley Trope, Stephen Quirke, and Peter Lacovara, Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Atlanta, 2005, p. 66. The author notes that it may have come from a protective “magic wand” or related object.
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