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Figure of a Man Holding a Crocodile

Unknown15th century or earlier

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

The object is carved of stone depicting a human figure in a squatting or kneeling posture holding a crocodile in front with both hands. Facial features are atriculated in relief with horizontal ridge spanning from the corners of the mouth to just below the ears on both checks. The features are stylized with the head being comparatively large for the size of the body of the figure which makes the object top heavy when stood up on its base. The arms or sleeves of the figure as well as the back and tail of the crocodile are delineated with cross hatching marks. Other surfaces are undecorated. A hole of 3/4 inches deep and 1/4 inch diameter is drilled into the top of the head of the figure (male?). The hollow is not straight and the rim of the opening is unevenly beveled. Soil or burial accretion covers most of the surfaces. Where exposed, the stone is observed to have a crystal structure of interlocking, randomly oriented fibrous clusters of translucent pale gray and green color. The worn areas feel smooth and slippery. CONDITION: Overall surface wear; otherwise in good condition.

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