Egyptian Bronze and Gold Oxyrhynchus Fish

SKU: MS.0015

Origin: Egypt
Circa: New Kingdom/Third Intermediate Period, 18th - 22nd Dynasty, circa 1550-735 BC
Dimensions: 4.25" Height x 7.5" Length x 2" Width (10.8 cm x 19 cm x 5 cm) with stand
Medium: Sandstone

Naturalistically rendered with deeply incised fins and scales, one eye inlaid with black stone, remains of headdress at the crown of the head, set on a hollow rectangular integral base, with wavy incised lines simulating the Nile, with remains of gold inlay overall, and gold foil on the top of the head.

with Mathias Komor (1909-1984), New York. Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 23 June 1989, lot 85. with Merrin Gallery, New York. Private collection, USA, acquired from the above in June 1989

The Nile perch, lates nilotica, was sacred to the goddess Neith.

For a figure related in style, with similar thick inlay, see a Middle Kingdom bronze crocodile with details inlaid in electrum in Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Munich, acc. no. A S 6080.

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