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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt
Creator Active Place: Egypt
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt, Ptolemaic Dynasty, 305-30 BC
Title: Divine Apis Bull
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -30
Creation End Date: -3
Creation Date: 305-30 BC
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Serpentinite
Dimensions: Overall: 52.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1969.118
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: Apis was the sacred bull of the city of Memphis. Statues and reliefs always show him with a sun disk and a uraeus (cobra) on his head. A god in his own right, he was also closely associated with the god Ptah of Memphis, the solar deities, and Osiris, god of death and resurrection. When an Apis bull died, he was embalmed like a human being and given a magnificent burial in an area of the Saqqara cemetery known today as the Serapeum.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1969.118
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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