Mummified crocodile, no provenance, Egyptian, 2000-1001 BCE.
Sobek was an ancient Egyptian crocodile and river god sometimes represented as a crocodile or as a crocodile-headed man. Crocodiles were mummified as gifts for Sobek and were also symbols of the Pharaohs. Sobek’s main shrine was at Lake Fayum, called Crocodilopolis by the Greeks. Some animals were considered by the ancient Egyptians to be sacred and were venerated as earthly representatives of certain gods.