Amulet of the Apis bull

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

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Street 7500 North, rt. 7512


Overall: 1.8 x 0.4 x 1.5 cm (11/16 x 3/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



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.


From Egypt, Giza, street G 7500 north, rt. 7512. 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition