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    EGYPT. Late Dynastic-Ptolemaic Period. Circa 700-20 BCE. Stone fish model. Small amulet, 2.85 inches (7.25 cm) in length, the tale broken, carved in white stone and covered in pale orange gesso (largely worn off on one side, intact on the other) with incised detail showing eyes, gills, scales, long dorsal fin and stumpy pectoral fins.

    From The Living Torah Museum Collection; ex Arte Primitivo Auction (New York, 23 April 2007), lot 350.

    This votive amulet probably represents either the Nile perch or the medjed fish, a species of long-snouted elephantfish. Both were widely worshipped in Egypt, particularly the city of Oxyrhincus, located in southern Egypt along a tributary of the Nile called the Canal of Joseph.


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    November, 2016
    16th Wednesday
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