An Egyptian bronze and gold Oxyrhynchus fish

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Lot 229*
An Egyptian bronze and gold Oxyrhynchus fish

Sold for £ 68,812 (US$ 88,539) inc. premium
An Egyptian bronze and gold Oxyrhynchus fish
New Kingdom-Third Intermediate Period, 18th-22nd Dynasty, circa 1550-735 B.C.
Naturalistically rendered with deeply incised fins and scales, one eye inlaid with black stone, remains of headdress at the crown of the head, set on a hollow rectangular integral base, with wavy incised lines simulating the Nile, with remains of gold inlay overall, and gold foil on the top of the head, 18cm long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    with Mathias Komor (1909-1984), New York.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 23 June 1989, lot 85.
    with Merrin Gallery, New York.
    Private collection, USA, acquired from the above in June 1989.

    The Nile perch, lates nilotica, was sacred to the goddess Neith. For a figure related in style, with similar thick inlay, see a Middle Kingdom bronze crocodile with details inlaid in electrum in Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Munich, acc. no. A S 6080.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot was also offered at Sotheby's New York in their auction of Antiquities on 21-22 November 1985, lot 140.
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