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A small red stone amulet carved into the shape of a fish, with incised detail to show the scales. A piercing for the eye also acts as a hole for suspension.

 

Egyptian Late Period: 8th to 3rd century BC

 

Condition: Very fine, complete and intact

Length: 23.4 mms (0.9 ins)

 

Provenance: Ex Gorny & Mosch Auction 292 Dec 2022. Lot 612 (part) Previously K.R., Rhineland-Palatinate, collection period 1980 - 2000. In Germany since before 2000.

 

Fish amulets were attached to the end of the plait of a child or young female as a charm against drowning. Presumably its magic worked by aversion, it was a reminder of the watery environment its wearer wished to avoid. However, the 'tilapia' also symbolized regeneration.

 

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Egyptian stone fish amulet

SKU: K074
£95.00Price

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