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Crocodile statue

Roman Period
Late 1st century B.C. – early 1st century A.D.
From Egypt
L. 108 × W. 37.1 × H. 29 cm, 124.7 kg (42 1/2 × 14 5/8 × 11 7/16 in., 275 lb.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Bernard and Audrey Aronson Charitable Trust Gift, in memory of her beloved husband, Bernard Arnonson, 1992
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 131
This sculpture is a fine interpretation of the crocodile's physical peculiarities. The horny back contrasts expressively with the fleshy folds around the neck and eyes. The tense posture of the plump legs suggests the weight of the beast.
Purchased from Jasper Gaunt and Robert Hecht, New York, 1992. Published in BMMA Fall 1992 and subsequently, continuously exhibited.

Arnold, Dorothea 1995. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 52, no. 4 (Spring), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 5, 32, no. 33.

Hill, Marsha 2000. "Roman Egypt." In The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West, edited by Elizabeth J. Milleker. New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 90, fig. 70, p. 207.

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