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.
Ptolemaic Period to early Roman Period
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)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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)
side, 05.573_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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