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Published Romano-Egyptian Terracotta Apis Bull

Egypt, ca. 1st century BCE to 2nd century CE. Rare large hollow-molded terracotta Apis Bull wearing the sun disk with Egyptian uraeus in the center and wearing a penannular pendant about its neck. The Apis Bull or Hapis (alternatively spelled Hapi-ankh) was a sacred bull worshipped primarily in the Memphis region - identified as the son of Hathor, a primary deity in the pantheon of Ancient Egypt. Initially, he was assigned a significant role in her worship, being sacrificed and reborn. Later, Apis also served as an intermediary between humans and other powerful deities. Rare this nice! Size: 5.75" L x 4.5" W x 7.875" H (14.6 cm x 11.4 cm x 20 cm)

Published as an insert featuring various private collections in "Egypte Onomwonden: Egyptische oudheden van het museum Vleeshuis" by Eric Gubel; Pandora, 1995.

Condition: Intact with remains of original pigment.

Provenance: ex-private New Jersey, USA collection

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