Egyptian Bronze Oxyrhynchus Fish


Egyptian Bronze Oxyrhynchus Fish

An ancient Egyptian bronze Oxyrhynchus fish. The fish is depicted on a sled and wearing a solar crown with cow horns of the goddess Hathor with a uraeus at the front and a suspension loop behind.

Late Period, ca. 7th - 1st century BC.
Length: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm).

The Oxyrhynchus or 'sharp-nosed' Nile fish was one of three species of fish that according to Egyptian mythology devoured the phallus of Osiris after he was dismembered by Seth. The Oxyrhynchus fish was regarded as sacred and a town of the same name was established in the Faiyum.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

Inv#: 6994


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