About this object

Mummified fish brought from Egypt in 1834 by Belzoni. Thousands of pilgrims travelled to sacred sites throughout Egypt to give offerings to the gods. the Nile perch were fish sacred to the goddess Neith and many were mummified and buried at Esna and other sites.

Only partial remains wrapped in small piece of linen. Tail end is missing. Paper label attached to the object with ink annotation: "Mummy of a fish". also old Norwich Castle Museum label atatched.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Romano-Egyptian or earlier
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    395 AD before
  • Materials
    Fish; Linen
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Samuel Woodward
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    150 mm
  • Note
    S. Woodward collection, 1838, from Belzoni, 1834.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); Samuel Woodward ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

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