Egyptian bronze figure of the Apis Bull
26TH/30TH Dynasty, 664-342 B.C.
Height without tenon: 11 cm
Provenance: the painter Paul Gervais (1859–1944), France, reputedly acquired in Egypt in 1891; descent to his son Albert Gervais (b. 1892) and thence by descent
The sacred bull striding on a rectangular base, crowned by the sun-disk with uraeus between the horns, and with engraved ornaments including a broad beaded collar, a vulture over the shoulders, a saddle-cloth, and a vulture over his back, a votive inscription on the proper right and front sides of the base.
Literature: Cf. G. Steindorff, Catalogue of the Egyptian Sculpture in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1947, no. 640, and Sotheby's, New York, March 1st-2nd, 1984, no. 140 (Lester Wolfe Collection), November 24th-25th, 1987, no. 32, June 6th, 2006, no. 86, and December 8th, 2010, no. 69.