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Nile Catfish Pendant
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Nile Catfish Pendant


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Description This fish pendant represents a Synodontis Batensoda, more commonly known as the Nile catfish, a species of fish named for its black belly. Often worn at the end of a plait of hair, amulets like this one were used by children and young women to protect against drowning. This fine amulet is made of gold with stone inlays, including a red stone for the right eye and a green stone for the left. Amulets in the form of the Synodontis Batensoda were particularly popular during the Middle Kingdom, when the fish might have been identified with an astronomical constellation.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/19/1978Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1985-1773 BCE (Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty)
Medium
gold with Egyptian green glazed faience, chalcedony, turquoise, carnelian, lapis lazuli and black stone inlay
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1072
Measurements
H: 11/16 x W: 1 9/16 x D: 3/8 in. (1.75 x 3.97 x 1 cm)
Geography
  • Egypt (Place of Discovery)

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