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GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,520 - 4,700
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£2,700 (EUR 3,169; USD 3,523) (+bp*)

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Exceptional Egyptian Oxyrhynchus Fish Statuette

26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC

A bronze votive oxyrhynchus fish on a sledge base; the fish with inlaid eyes (now missing), hatched dorsal fin, hatched and engraved usekh collar, disc and horned crown fronted by scared uraeus; suspension loop behind. 297 grams, 12.7cm (5"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
From a private Belgium collection, 1988-1996; formerly in the collection of Eduardo Alonso, Switzerland; previously acquired from Barcelona-Catalonia, Spain in the 1960s.

Footnotes
The oxyrhynchus fish was sacred to the goddess Hathor, and was often depicted wearing her crown on its head, an image that may have reproduced an actual temple cult statue. It was also connected to the myth of god Osiris, believed to have eaten his penis after god Seth had dismembered and scattered the god's body. The fish was worshipped under the name Medjed.