Ex- Museum Egyptian Late Period Bronze Apis Bull Statue
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 424841
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Patrick B.M. van Kooten
British Columbia, Canada
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STOCK #: AE050611-17RS
CULTURE: Ancient Egyptian
DATE: c. Late Period, 26th Dynasty, 688–252 B.C.
MATERIAL(S): Bronze (solid-cast)
DIMENSIONS: 2” (50 mm) tall, 2.23” (56.64 mm) long (without stand)
CONDITION: This solid-cast bronze Apis figure is in good condition. It has been scaled of it's bronze disease which was festering under a thick layer of shellac. Unfortunately, much of the ancient surface had to be removed in order to properly conserve this piece. The sun-disk is broken off and missing, as is one ear. The base has some chipping and slight damage, but the whole piece is stable and permanently attached to its original modern museum stand.
COMMENTS: The sacred Apis Bull best known of the zoomorphic creatures revered by the ancient Egyptians. The cult centre for the Apis Bull was at Memphis, just east of Saqqara. The Apis Bull was considered to be an earthly manifestation of the god Ptah. Apis Bulls were embalmed when they died. The large alabaster mummification tables used for embalming the bulls have survived near the modern centre of Memphis. I have seen them first-hand, and they're very impressive. The mummified Apis Bull was to be buried at Saqqara. From the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC) onwards, burials took place there. One of the most impressive burial sites for Apis Bulls is at the Serapeum, a maze of large underground caverns in the desert. Each bull had its own huge sarcophagus, which was placed in one of these underground chambers. The bull's birth and death dates were recorded, and the information was often carved on stone stelae set into the walls of the burial place. The Serapeum, just north of the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara was a large, underground burial complex used to house the megalithic sarcophagi of the Apis Bulls.
This is a fabulous piece with excellent details. In particular, the Ureaus cobra has good detail, as seen. Comes permanently attached to black stained wooden stand.
PROVENANCE: Provenanced to a Midwestern American Museum. Details of prior ownership are available to the purchaser.
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