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Amulet of the Apis bull

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


Findspot: Egypt, Tell Defenneh

Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 0.6 x 2.8 cm (7/8 x 1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.87.36

Medium or Technique

Bronze

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 bronze amulet 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

Tell Dafana (Daphnae). 1886: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription