Cast bronze statuette of the bull-god Apis striding on a rectangular pedestal.
Animal with heavy dewlap, no sun-disk between the horns. Faint incisions on the back to render the usual winged scarab, a saddlecloth and an open-winged vulture.
The Apis bull was worshipped as a manifestation of the Memphite creation god Ptah. The bull was therefore a kind of servant, who was himself divine.
Egypt, Late Period, 712-33 BC
L. 5.5 cm (2.1 in)
H. 4.3 cm (1.7 in)
H. with plinth 5.4 cm (2.1 in)
Points of the horns missing, otherwise good condition. Mounted on a veined green stone plinth.
Swiss art market (data to the buyer)
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