Isis, the Mother of Apis
Associated with fertility, generation, and resurrection, the Apis bull was prominent throughout the long history of ancient Egyptian religion. Originally the bull, as all other animals, was revered as the manifestation of certain divine powers and was not itself a deity. Later, however, the Apis was in fact worshiped. Through its connotations of potency and renewal, it was associated with the gods Ptah and Osiris and with royal ritual. Isis, the wife of Osiris, is shown here in her role as mother of Apis. She is identified by her long cow’s horns, distinct from the Apis’s shorter set. This bronze item may have been a finial or fitting for the end of a carrying pole that bore a portable shrine of the Apis.
- Medium: Bronze
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 670-332 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XXV Dynasty to early XXVI Dynasty
- Period: Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
- Brooklyn Museum
Agathon Léonard (1841-1923)
‘Le Vampire’ ‘La Chauve-Souris’, an Important Symbolist Figure, circa 1903
20th Century Decorative Art & Design
Artisan painting the features of the dolls by hand, 1920
(Source: dollmixture, via lydia-boudica)
(c) Fend Hai