Carved within the natural curvature of the shell, the crocodile crouches on bent limbs, its head in profile with an elongated spout, a turquoise inlay is utilized for the eye, and another placed at the edge of the mouth, that contrasts beautifully with the orange-yellow shade of the shell.
Crocodiles were associated with fertility, rebirth, and the renewal of seasonal and calendrical cycles.
Dimensions: Length: 2 7/8 inches (7.3 cm)
Condition: Loss to the back portion of the amulet. Custom mounted.
Provenance: Joel Malter private collection, assembled in the 1980s, thereafter a private Canadian collection, acquired from the trade in 2009.