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Ptah


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Description Ptah was believed to have created the world with his words. He was the main god at Memphis and patron god of craftsmen and artists. Here, he holds a composite scepter combining three symbols: "was" (well-being), "ankh" (life), and "djed" (stability).
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/30/1957Treatmentcleaned
6/07/1957Treatmentcleaned
9/17/1959Treatmentcleaned
12/07/1976Examinationexamined for condition
8/19/1998Examinationsurvey
Exhibitions
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance [Found in Mitrahina]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] On the ramp of the base: To be recited: Ptah the Lord of Truth; on the platform only the name "Ptah" has survived.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914

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Period
4th-1st century BCE (Late Period (30th dynasty)-early Ptolemaic Period)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.1017
Measurements
H: 8 1/16 x W: 2 7/16 x D: 4 5/16 in. (20.5 x 6.2 x 11 cm)
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