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Schilbe Fish of Hatmehit

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.
DATES 664–30 B.C.E.
PERIOD Ptolemaic Period to early Roman Period
DIMENSIONS 2 1/2 x 1/2 x 3 in., 0.2 lb. (6.4 x 1.3 x 7.6 cm, 0.08kg)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Schilbe Fish of Hatmehit, 664–30 B.C.E. Bronze, 2 1/2 x 1/2 x 3 in., 0.2 lb. (6.4 x 1.3 x 7.6 cm, 0.08kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 05.573. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 05.573_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE side, 05.573_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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