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Time and Tide Bell

A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast

Fish in Art


Painting fish started quite a long time ago. The picture above is from La Pileta Cave, a Paleolithic cave in the Province of Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain. It's probably about 20,000 years old.


The Fisherman Fresco from Akrotiri on the Aegean island of Thera (Santorini). The male may actually be a youth offering fish as part of a religious ceremony rather than a fisherman. From Room 5 of the West House, c. 17th century BCE. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens) Picture: About the Art World


A fresco depicting flying-fish from Phylakopi, Melos. Late Cycladic, 16th century BCE. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens) Picture: Mark Cartwright, Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.


Tomb of Menna, the Scribe, c.1422-1411 BCE. Detail of fish from hunting and fishing scene.

Theban Tomb TT69, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, part of the Theban Necropolis, on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Luxor. It is the burial place of Menna, who was Scribe of the Fields of the Lord of the Two Lands, probably during the reign of Thutmose IV, in the 18th dynasty.


Egyptian Tilapia Fish Bottle, el Amarna, glass, British Museum, 18th Dynasty, circa 1390-36 BCE


Nebamun's garden, Tomb-chapel of Nebamun, c.1350 BCE. Thebes, Egypt (now at British Museum)

More at Paintings from the Tomb-chapel of Nebamun


Red-Figure Fish Plate late 4th century BCE (Greco-Roman) terracotta

Fish plates first appeared in Athens during the 5th century and later became a typical product of South Italian workshops. While the fish on South Italian plates are normally oriented with their lower body towards the centre, on Athenian examples, the bellies of the fish are turned towards the rim of the plate. These plates were used to serve fish, and the depression in the centre would hold the sauce. Depicted here are a mullet, a flatfish, a wrasse, and two mussels. Source


Lincolnshire Time and Tide Bell Community Interest Company is a not-for profit organisation, registered at Companies House. Company Number 10934941

We are a Community Arts Group bringing Marcus Vergette's sculpture to the Lincolnshire Coast, one part of a permanent installation of Time and Tide Bells around Britain's coast, rung by the sea at high tide.
We aim to spark conversations about the coastline's past, present and future with a programme of art exhibitions and events