8 June 2004
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE APIS BULL
LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD,
The stocky bull striding forward on a rectangular integral plinth, wearing a solar disk fronted by a uraeus between his horns, his body marked with incised designs representing the characteristic features identifying the Apis bull, including a triangle on his brow, a broad collar, a winged scarab on the back of his neck, a tasseled rosette-decorated blanket over his back, and a winged vulture on his hindquarters
3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high
with W. Hoffmann, Berlin, 1935.
Wilhelm Horn, Berlin; Christie's, London, 11 December 1987, lot 242.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1988.
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J.M. Eisenberg and R.S. Bianchi, Catalogue of the Egyptian and Near Eastern Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York, 1992, no. 88-45.
For a similar example with almost identical incised decoration, although much effaced and worn, see no. 65 in Schoske and Wildung, Gott und Götter im Alten Ägypten.
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