Gold Vessel in the Form of a Fish

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 01 April 2016

This gold fish-shaped vessel might have been used to contain expensive oils. On the side there is a loop intended for suspension or to attach a stopper which was later lost. The detail of the decoration suggests that it is an attempt to accurately represent a particular type of fish, perhaps a carp or a a similar species. Part of the Oxus treasure, from Takht-i Kuwad, Tajikistan. Achaemenid Period, 5th to 4th centuries BCE. (The British Museum, London)



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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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