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Fish Pendant

Middle Kingdom

Not on view

This object is not part of The Met collection. It was in the Museum for a special exhibition and has been returned to the lender.

This pendant takes the form of an "upside-down catfish," a species that regularly swims belly-up and thus resembles a dead fish. Ancient Egyptians perhaps associated this type of catfish with powers of regeneration. This splendid example was found in a child’s coffin, along with four other fish pendants and silver cowrie shells, presumably from a girdle.

Fish Pendant, Gold over a core of unknown material

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