Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Worship of individual bulls as gods was known from earliest times in Egypt. Bull mummies were buried with early kings. The king was associated with the bull because of its strength and fertility.
Specific bulls, chosen as sacred incarnations of gods, had particular markings. This dark bull with a white mark on its forehead is the Apis bull, an intermediary with the god Ptah.
Wood, glass, bone (bovine?)
XXVI Dynasty to XXX Dynasty
11 3/4 x 15 x 14 in. (29.8 x 38.1 x 35.6 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Bull's Head, 664-332 B.C.E. Wood, glass, bone (bovine?), 11 3/4 x 15 x 14 in. (29.8 x 38.1 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1532E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1532E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
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