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
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.