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Lepidotus fish

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Cupreous metal
Dimensions:
H. 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.); W. 1 cm (3/8 in.); L. 7.6 cm (3 in.) H. (with tang): 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.1347
Not on view
The lepidotus fish was sacred to the Egyptians, and was linked in mythology to the story of the god Seth’s dismemberment of Osiris. The esteem afforded this fish is apparent in the care and detail of some of its representations. Here the scales and fins are finely executed, the round eyes large and thickly rimmed. A tang on the underside would have attached the fish to another element, possibly a statuette, plinth, or a mummy box.
Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910.

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