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ID number:  ECM 190
Named collection:  The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name:  Statuette of Apis Bull
Object type:  Statuette
Culture:  Egyptian
Date made:  Graeco-Roman Period (332 BC-395 AD)
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  overall: 3.40 cm x 5.00 cm x 0.90 cm (H x W x D)
Provenance:  Unknown

This statuette of a striking Apis Bull stands on a plinth. Details are accentuated, ribs are visible for reasons of authenticity (the Apis Bull kept at Memphis was a well fed animal).

Inscriptions / Translations:  Uninscribed

Bibliography:  M. Bommas, ‘Heiligtum und Mysterium. Griechenland und seine ägyptischen Gottheiten’, Mainz 2005, 22-24 and 79 (for clay Apis bulls found in the water basins of Gortys/Crete).

Notes:  It is suggested that this statuette was of cultic use linked with Egyptian cults as part of Hellenistic mystery religions, rather than the cult of the Apis Bull. There, statuettes like the one presented here, were widespread in initiation rites. Made of a variety of materials, they were found in high numbers within basins where new followers of Isis were initiated, as was common practice in Egypt as well as in the Mediterranean.

A downloadable 3D Model is available here.

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Myers, William Joseph
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