Apis Bull Statuette

M11453

On display

Solid cast copper alloy statuette of an Apis bull walking, wearing horns, uraeus and disc, necklace and trappings - figure of flying Mut on the shoulders, mat over the back, flying scarab on the hind quarters. Rectangular hollow pedestal, having two pegs cut short. 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: modelling bold, details delicate" and dating to the Saite period. Feet broken from pedestal and mended.