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3036, Ptah, Late Period; 716-332 B.C.or later

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Egyptian
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: h. 6 in. / 17.1 cm

This bronze figure portrays the Egyptian god Ptah, who is presented with his usual attributes: close-fitted cap, broad collar, and square-edged false beard. His hands extend from within his robes, grasping a sceptre. Ptah was a local god to the city of Memphis, a royal residence and the administrative centre of Egypt. The Memphites believed that Ptah, the god of craftsmen, had created the world through thought and speech alone. In Greece he was associated with Hephaistos, god of craftsmen and the forge.

The green colouring on the figure, called a patina, was produced by the oxidation of bronze over time. The makers of this statue used the lost wax technique, a process for casting bronze by which a wax model is carved and then covered in clay. As molten bronze is poured into the clay mould, the wax melts away and is “lost”.

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