Egyptian Bronze Apis Bull
An ancient Egyptian bronze statuette of an Apis bull wearing a sun disk with uraeus between his horns. The body of the bull is covered with incised decoration, including a collar, a tasseled blanket with diamond-embroidery, and a winged scarab.
The cult of the Apis bull at Memphis was one of the oldest cults in Egypt. The Apis bull was a manifestation of the god Ptah and an intermediary for that god as well, endowed with oracular powers.
cf.: Brooklyn Museum, accession no. 05.367.
Formerly in an New Jersey private collection.