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Sebek, wearing horns, solar disk with uraeus, and plumes, bronze figurine, c. 600–300 BC; —Courtesy of the trustees of the British Museum
In ancient Egyptian religion, a crocodile god. His chief sanctuary in Fayyum province included a sacred crocodile, which was believed to be an incarnation of the god. Sebek may have been associated with fertility or death and burial before becoming a major deity and patron of kings in the Middle Kingdom (c. 1938–c. 1630 BCE). He was merged with Re, the sun god, to constitute a crocodile form of that deity known as Sebek-Re. The worship of Sebek continued in Ptolemaic and Roman times.
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