Amulet of Ptah

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


Dimensions

Height: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

57.458

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of blue-green faience 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

Luigi Vassalli Collection (1812-1887); by 1957: Horace L. Mayer Collection; 1957: gift of Horace L. Mayer.

(Accession date April 1, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer