Amulet of the Apis bull

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.2431

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The Apis bull was sacred to the creator god Ptah of Memphis and also had close associations with the funerary god Osiris. Egyptians wore amulets of the Apis both to show their devotion and to improve their chances of rebirth after death. This amulet of greenish blue faience shows the Apis in his most common form, striding forward with a solar disk between his horns. There is a ring on his back for suspension.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way