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Fish-shaped; notched tail details with interior incised lines; drilled suspension hole at top; gills indicated on both faces with semi-circular incised line; no wear pattern; well-carved; in excellent condition.


Said to be from Nagada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1474-03.1490) for £4. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.


Overall: 19.2 x 9.5 x 0.7 cm (7 9/16 x 3 3/4 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical