• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 17

    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE APIS BULL

    LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI, 664-525 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE APIS BULL
    LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI, 664-525 B.C.
    Striding forward with the left legs advanced on a rectangular integral plinth, wearing a solar disk fronted by a uraeus between his horns, his body marked with finely incised decoration including a triangle on his brow, a broad collar, a winged scarab across the withers, a tasseled blanket with floral and hatched embroidery across his back, and a winged vulture goddess over his haunches, a hieroglyphic inscription along two sides of the base reading, "Osiris Apis, giver of life/who gives life (to) Tafnakht, son of Ip"
    4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 20 October 1999, lot 61.
    with Rupert Wace, London, 2005.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III