Cosmetic Dish in the Form of a Fish
Graywacke with inlay of shell and black paste, 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (8.3 x 4.4 cm)
Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 3000-2800 B.C.E.
Reportedly from Saqqara
37.629Ea-b , Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008

From the info card:
"A container for cosmetics or possibly medical ointment, this covered dish represents a tilapia fish. The tilapia symbolized fertility and was believed to promote abundance on earth and a renewed life after death. This container's lid swivels open at the tail."