Painted Pottery Fish

Unknownca. 1390-1336 B.C.E.

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

Painted pottery fish, interior hollow and fitted with six unpainted pottery pellets. Face area, tail, dorsal and anus fins and underbody painted light blue. Scales painted with black outline on tan background, in part colored blue and red. Eyes, mouth and gills incised. Anus in raised relief. Possibly a rattle but more probably a food offering intended to furnish supply of fish to deceased. Condition: Minor chips on tail and fins. Tail assembled from two pieces. When object was received in Museum in May 1948, tail had been put in position with fish glue, apparently recently. Tail area has been bored to reach interior to identify contents and then replaced. Tail replaced with cellulose acetate. Pellets probably represent eggs.


  • Title: Painted Pottery Fish
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: ca. 1390-1336 B.C.E.
  • Location Created: Egypt
  • Type: Model
  • Rights: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/3520/Painted_Pottery_Fish
  • Medium: Pottery, painted
  • Period: New Kingdom
  • Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
  • Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 4 5/16 in. (6.3 x 11 cm)
  • Collection: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Accession number: 48.111

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