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Figure of the Apis Bull
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Figure of the Apis Bull


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The Apis bull was associated with the creator god Ptah and with the rituals for the king. His main place of worship was Memphis. After the death of the Apis bull he was mummified and buried in a special cemetery. Figures of Apis bulls were donated during the Late and Greco-Roman periods into temples. This bronze figure displays the bull on a base. He has a sun-disk between his horns combined with a uraeus (cobra serpent). The carving on its body displays a collar, a winged sun-disk on the shoulders, and a cloth with a hatched pattern on the back.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/17/1959Treatmentcleaned
5/10/1995Loan Considerationexamined for loan
1/02/1997Examinationexamined for condition
10/11/2011Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Egypt in Africa. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis. 1996.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] The Apis, the Horus, giving life (to) Pesometik, son of Pedy-wesr, made of Neb-hetef
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 600-500 BC (Late Period)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.538
Measurements
4 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (12.07 x 11.43 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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