Apis Bull Statuette



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 in 1910 as being of a "very fine technique: modelling bold, details delicate" and dating to the Saite period. Feet broken from pedestal and mended. Mayer Collection Inventory 1928: bronze figure of Apis, similar in type to M11450. Repaired.