A rare burnished red earthenware foot rasp, in the form of a stylized crouching crocodile, probably made in Asyut (circa 1850-1920), for use in the Egyptian public bath house. There is a very similar example in the Pitt Rivers Museum (University of Oxford: http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/bodyarts/index.php/temporary-body-arts/toiletries/50-footcare.html . For another, more elaborately carved foot rasp ( in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum ) please view: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/it/rasp-unknown/.
Condition: the upper and lower jaws have been broken and glued back.
16cm (6.25 inches) long; 5cm (2 inches) high).
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