Histoire Naturelle - Fish - Plate 15 - Catfish ~ In Ancient Egypt, the fish had both sacred and scorned species. Some were sacred in some places and not allowed to be eaten, whereas in other places, anyone could eat the fish. Catfish are not often fished for in Egypt, as they are regarded by many of the cultures there to be unsuitable for food.
It was known to the Egyptians as 'Nar'.
Catfish are part of the name of the Pharaoh Narmer, one of Egypts founders. His name consists of a catfish and a chisel, therefore pronounced 'Nar-Mer', and translated as 'Striking Catfish'. Some Nile catfish possess electric organs and can be dangerous to handle.
Framed 35 1/2 inches x 28 inches ~ $1,875