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Apis Bull


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Description A cast silver pendant representing the holy Apis bull, who wears a sun disk with "uraeus" between his horns. Incised lines mark the characteristic triangle on the forehead, wide necklaces and saddle cloth. The bull stands on a kind of sled, which divides in two and turns up in front. The combination of the bull with a sled indicates that the statue of the holy Apis bull is represented and not the divine living bull itself. There is a loop behind the neck to use the statuette as a pendant. The surface of the metal has deteriorated. The right rear leg is broken off and the fore legs both have a crack which goes through the whole material.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/05/1977Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be found at the pyramids in Egypt]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
4th-3rd century BC (early Ptolemaic)
Medium
cast silver
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1477
Measurements
H: 11/16 x W: 3/8 x D: 1 1/16 in. (1.7 x 0.94 x 2.66 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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