About this object

Solid cast copper alloy statuette of an Apis bull with horns and disc, walking. No base and modern pegs in the feet. The Apis bull was regarded as the ‘ba’ (soul) of the god Ptah of Memphis and thus as a manifestation of his power. Described by Professor Percy Newberry as being of a "very fine technique" and dating to the Ptolemaic period.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Ptolemaic
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    332 BC - 30 BC
  • Materials
    Bronze
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1867 before
  • Measurements
    87 mm x 28 mm x 103 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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