Amulet of the Apis bull

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Street 2, debris

Dimensions

Length x width: 1.4 x 2.2 cm (9/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

25.2066

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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.

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.

Provenance

From Giza, Street 2, debris. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: January 19, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition