Amulet of Ptah

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

83.323

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet is made of a uniform pale green faience with a slight glaze remaining. It depicts the standing figure of the god Ptah in his human form, with several characteristic attributes, including mummiform wrappings, a close-fitting skull cap and was-scepter. There is a hole at the back of the neck for suspension. Ptah is the ancient creator god of Memphis, patron of craftsmen.

Provenance

1883: given to the MFA by James William Paige.

(Accession date: October 24, 1883)

Credit Line

Gift of James William Paige