Imagery of fish is common in the ancient art of many cultures, particularly where sea faring or fishing is of high cultural and economic importance. Commonly images of fish were used as decorative motifs such as in amulets or small works, but they could also be invested with more symbolic meaning. For example, Mesopotamian gods, particularly those associated with water, received fish offerings from the people. Fish were also variously associated with priest craft as is also the prominent case in Christian symbolism.

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