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Apis Bull Head Mummy
This artifact, dating from the New Kingdom and made of linen and mummified animal remains, is extremely rare because it is the Apis bull himself. The Apis bull was believed to be the living representative of the god Ptah on earth. In the Memphite creation myth the god Ptah was believed to have created the universe and the deities via the thoughts in his heart and by speaking words. He was the patron god of craftsmen and artisans. The Apis bull was regarded as the “spokesman of Ptah” and his “glorious soul.” The Apis bull was given titles like those of a pharaoh, and when the bull died, like a pharaoh, he was given a burial worthy of a living deity on earth. There are only three known examples of Apis bulls in the world.
Date: 1549-1069 BCE
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