Amulet of Ptah

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Height: 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.1694

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet 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. Ptah is the ancient creator god of Memphis, patron of craftsmen. The column at the back is inscribed. There is a copper stain on one side.

Provenance

From Giza. Apr. 1928: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition