Egyptian Faience Apis Bull Amulet


Egyptian Faience Apis Bull Amulet

An ancient Egyptian blue faience amulet in the form of the striding Apis Bull.

Late Period, ca. 700-30 BC
Length: 13 mm.

The Apis Bull was chosen only after its predecessor had died, selected by its markings to be revered as a god. The animal was worshipped and attended to by priests. It was provided a harem of cows. Upon death it was mummified and entombed in the catacombs of the Serapeum.

cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), pp. 24-25, fig. 21a.

Formerly in an Israeli private collection.

Inv#: 4398


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