Egyptian Oxyrhynchus fish

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AR3005
Bronze amulet of a worshipped species of Nile elephantfish. It was probably hung on a temple wall as an offering.
Object: Egyptian Oxyrhynchus fish

Material: Bronze.

Period: Late Period of ancient Egypt.
26th to 31st dynasty,
664 BC to 332 BC.

Description:    Egyptian bronze amulet in the shape of an Oxyrhynchus fish, also known as medjed. It is a species of elephantfish of the Nile that is worshipped. The fish is adorned by a crown of sun disc and Uraeus snake framed by a set of cow horns. The loop at the back of the crown was probably used to hang the fish as an offering on a temple wall.

Dimensions: 52mm length, 27mm height, 10mm width.

Condition: Perfect condition, only minor chip at the right cow horn tip. Wonderful iridescent patina. Old sticker reading "40" at the bottom side, probably an inventory number from a previous collector.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 on the German art market. Previously in the German private collection G. Schlueter. Acquired in the 1960ies or 1970ies, probably on the German art market.

References: Cf. E. Brunner-Traut, H. Brunner, J. Zick-Nissen, Osiris Kreuz Halbmond, p. 30, no. 16.

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