Lot 632: Egyptian Oxyrhynchus Fish Statuette
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Late Period, 664-332 BC. A bronze statuette of an oxyrhynchus fish on a rectangular base curved and joined at fish's mouth, wearing a crown of Hathor comprised of a coiled cobra and a sun disc between cow horns; incised decoration to fins. Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate. 288 grams, 13.2cm (5 1/4"). Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate. The oxyrhynchus fish was sacred to the goddess Hathor, and was often depicted wearing her crown on its head, an image that may have reproduced an actual temple cult statue. It was also connected to the myth of god Osiris, believed to have eaten his penis after god Seth had dismembered and scattered the god's body.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.