Egypt, Late Dynastic to Ptolemaic period, ca. 664 to 30 BCE. A wonderful, mold-formed faience amulet depicting Ptah, the ancient creator god of Memphis and patron deity of all craftsmen. Ptah stands in mummiform with fused legs and has broad shoulders, a pierced dorsal pillar, and holds with both hands a tall was-scepter surmounted with a stylized animal head. Atop the front of the legs is a djed pillar - a symbol of endurance and stability - and an elaborate wesekh-collar drapes in front of and behind the chest. His petite head features ovoid eyes, a narrow nose, and cupped ears, all beneath a tight-fitting cap. Stunning blue-hued glaze envelops the entire composition, and darker, cobalt-blue glaze accentuates areas of the chest and head. Size: 0.5" W x 1.7" H (1.3 cm x 4.3 cm); 2.375" H (6 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Canadian collection, acquired in July, 2011 from Alexander Ancient Art, Voorschoten, The Netherlands; ex-private American collection, acquired from Christie's, London in the 1980s
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