Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Fish mummies were among the first kinds of animal mummies created by the Egyptians. The shilbe fish was associated with the goddess Hatmehit, whose name means “chief of the fishes.” And the tilapia fish represented fertility. Nevertheless, royalty could not eat fish, as the working class did, because according to myth, fish nibbled at the body of the drowned Osiris before his resurrection in the next world.
100 B.C.E.–200 C.E.
Late Ptolemaic Period to Roman Period
3 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 6 1/4 in., 0.7 lb. (8.9 x 4.4 x 15.9 cm, 0.34kg)
Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
This item is not on view
Tilapia Lamp, 100 B.C.E.–200 C.E. Bronze, 3 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 6 1/4 in., 0.7 lb. (8.9 x 4.4 x 15.9 cm, 0.34kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.12. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 86.226.12_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 86.226.12_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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