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Bronze Sculpture of an Oxyrhynchus Fish God - X.0001
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 664 BC to 343 BC
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) wide
Collection: Egyptian
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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The waters of the ancient Nile were full of fish, certain species of which came to be worshipped as gods because it was believed that they could suppress evil. In the town of Oxyrhynchus in Upper Egypt, the curve-nosed mormyrus fish was the center of a large cult that eventually spread throughout the land. According to Egyptian mythology, the sacred fish figured prominently in the resurrection of the god Osiris. This was one of the primary reasons for its deification. In this splendid sculpture, the fish god is shown crowned by the cow horns of Hathor, the sun disc of Ra and the cobra uraeus. The cow horns of Hathor are quite fitting considering that the fish was sacred to this goddess. He rests regally atop a square base that reinforces his divine status. The attention to detail is impressive; the eyes, gills, and fins have all been carefully incised. We sense intuitively his divine status, and that his kingdom is the cosmic rather than the earthly river. - (X.0001)


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