Toilet Dish in Two Parts in the Form of a Fish
A container for cosmetics or possibly medical ointment, this covered dish represents a tilapia fish. The tilapia symbolized fertility and was believed to promote abundance on earth and a renewed life after death. This container's lid swivels open at the tail.
- Medium: Graywacke, inlay of shell and black paste
- Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 3000-2800 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: I Dynasty
- Period: early Dynastic Period
- Dimensions: 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (8.3 x 4.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.629Ea-b
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Toilet Dish in Two Parts in the Form of a Fish, ca. 3000-2800 B.C.E. Graywacke, inlay of shell and black paste, 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (8.3 x 4.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.629Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Slate toilet dish in the form of a fish; eyes inlaid with shell and dark paste. Separate lid attached by pivot at tail. Detail of fins and gills incised. Condition: Inlay missing from one eye.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)