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An Egyptian Bronze Figure of the Apis Bull, 26th/30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C.

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Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Property from a Swiss Private Collection

An Egyptian Bronze Figure of the Apis Bull, 26th/30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C.

An Egyptian Bronze Figure of the Apis Bull, 26th/30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C.

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot sold:

3,780

GBP

Property from a Swiss Private Collection

An Egyptian Bronze Figure of the Apis Bull

26th/30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C.


the sacred bull striding on a rectangular, and crowned by the sun-disk, the saddle-cloth and other details engraved.

Height without tenon 9.5 cm.

Surface somewhat worn due to mechanical cleaning, obscuring some of engraved details, such as saddle cloth for instance. Lighter green areas appear to be some form of corrosion. Possible spots of bronze disease, which, if present, does not seem to be active. Mounted on typical early 20th-c. made-in-Egypt tapering wood base.


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Carl Leonhard Burckhardt (b. 1902, Basel, d. 1965, Alexandria)
thence by descent
The Apis bull was one of the most prominent deities in the Egyptian pantheon, the worship of which is attested to as early as the 1st Dynasty, and continued through the end of the dynastic period. A symbol of fertility and regeneration, a living "representative' of the bull was stationed near the temple of Ptah in Memphis. During the reign of Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty, the location of the burials of these Apis bulls were built out into a large underground system of chambers called the Serapeum.