Ancient Egyptian Bronze Oxyrhynchus Fish Amulet, Late Period, 715-332 BC
Nicely molded with characteristic long, turned down snout, crowned with a diadem of Uraei with horns and solar/sun disc. The Nile Fish has incised scales and with suspension loop behind. Fish is on rectangular base with hieroglyphs under the nose and square mounting pegs. Piece is now mounted on an oak base. Measures 5" in length.
Ex. Dr. Charels Muses, collected in Egypt in the 1950's.
The meaning of the Oxyrinchus fish in Ancient Egypt tells us that Osiris and his brother, Seth, became embroiled in a conflict for power with the result that Seth triumphed over Osiris. In doing so, he dismembered Osiris's body and scattered it far and wide. Isis, the dutiful wife and, incidentally, sister of Osiris, gathered up all the pieces to reassemble them. Unfortunately , not before the Oxyrhynchus fish ate his phallus; which was necessary for the posthumous conception of Osiris’s son and heir, Horus.