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Egyptian bronze Oxyrhynchus fish, Late Period, 732-33 BC

Egyptian bronze Oxyrhynchus fish, Late Period, 732-33 BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1331085
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Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
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The sacred Nile perch with a pointed nose, the slender body with a long dorsal fin and a forked tail. The ventral fins connect to an integrally cast sled-shaped base.
Crowned with a modius which is topped by the horned sun-disk and a frontal uraeus. A suspension loop behind. Incised side fins and broad collar around the neck.
The oxyrhynchus fish helped Isis to find the dismembered Osiris in the Nile and became thus the patron of the deceased and the supporter of their revival in the afterlife. The cow horns and the solar disk on the crown make reference to Hathor and Isis.
Bronze
L. 5.6 cm (2.2 in)
H. 3.4 cm (1.3 in)
H. with stand 6.4 cm (2.5 in)
Late Period to Ptolemaic, 732-33 BC
Intact, finely incised details.
Collection of Robert J. Molnar, Hillsdale, NJ, acquired in the 1960s.

The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.