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Amulets of the tilapia fish were perceived to possess fertility power as it was widely considered a symbol of regeneration and reproductive strength in Ancient Egypt.
A description of the tilapia fish in Egyptian art mostly of the New Kingdom roughly BCE follows, contrasted with scientific study of male tilapia virility.
This lovely striped glass object pictured in the lead photo — an 18th Dynasty brightly colored cosmetic bottle in the shape of a tilapia fish — is from the Amarna Period, a highwater epoch of Egyptian art under Akhenaten in the city he built with relative independence from prior art canons as well as far enough from the monopoly of the Theban priesthood of Amun at least during his reign.
Naturalistic fins, stripes and eyes were quickly added while the glass was still warm, as was a tail of the same technique as the body. It is now well observed that the female tilapia carries her babies in her mouth after hatching, sheltering them from harm.
While more understood as a regenerative power, this unusual trait led Egyptians to exaggerate aspects of tilapia fertility, imagining this as a powerful rebirth tropism.
Like modern fish aquaculture, Egyptians also farmed tilapia in closed ponds along the Nile, and this fish had its own special hieroglyph character as in. Greek historian Herodotus may have even tried to convey something of the parenting legends of the tilapia in his History II.
The Walters Museum commentary also notes that Egyptians thought of the tilapia as self-creating due to its discharge of its hatchlings from its mouth.
Note the recognizably distinctive tilapia hatched scales. Its pond is filled by great Hapy. It has fish and fowl and is adorned with plants. Some tilapia have even been recognized for elaborate male-female courtship. Even just before spawning these organs are often so small, that one wonders how these fish could fertilize an egg clutch.
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It also shows some fragmentary breaks along its bottom and other anomalies that may result from damage. Ancient Egyptian Literature, vol. II, The New Kingdom.
University of California Press, 2nd rev. Amulets of Ancient Egypt. Harry Abrams, Journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, vol."I am more than a fish.
I am a storyteller, and a story." -- Jangles Exaggerated tales about "the gigantic fish that got away" have been making people laugh for centuries, and some of the best have been passed on from generation to generation.
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