Anthropomorphic statue of the god Apis
The statue depicts the god Apis with a human body and a bull’s head. The arms, the lower part of the body and the legs are missing; however, the god was probably depicted in a standing position holding his right arm in front of him, holding the scepter or was, symbol of power, conserved in the upper part, and with his left arm by his side. Between the horns there is a solar disc, while around the neck there is a chain of several delicately engraved rows.
The bull Apis was one of the most important deities of Ancient Egypt, and his cult dates back to the first dynastic periods. He was mainly venerated in Memphis, where he was linked to the god Ptah, as his living image and the manifestation of his “glorious soul”.
New Kingdom, ca. 1550-1070 BC. Now in the
Vatican Museums, Rome.