Egypt, Late Period, 664 - 332 BC
|Object:||A sizeable Egyptian bronze statue of Ptah|
|Dimensions (in cm):||15.5cm|
|Century/ Timeframe:||664 - 332 BC|
|Condition:||Good Condition, See Photo|
A rare and very well rendered bronze statue of god Ptah. Egypt Late Period, 664 - 332 BC. Finely chiselled details.
Excellent condition and intact, cleaned, showing minor corrosion especially visible to the chest area. Beautiful mottled brown patina.
Mounted on a purpose made wooden stand.
15.5 cm high without stand. 24 cm mounted.
*A very close parallel is to be found in British Museum number: EA64493
possibly from the same mold or made by the same artist. That one entered their collections in 1946 - and has the registration number 1946,1204.17)
*And also British Museum 11038 of which we enclose a picture (last one) in the lot to see (Ptah, holding the emblems of life and power, bronze statuette, Memphis, c. 600–100 BCE; in the British Museum.)
Ptah is an Egyptian deity and considered the demiurge who existed before all other things and, by his will, thought the world into existence. It was first conceived by Thought, and realized by the Word: Ptah conceives the world by the thought of his heart and gives life through the magic of his Word. That which Ptah commanded was created, with which the constituents of nature, fauna, and flora, are contained. He also plays a role in the preservation of the world and the permanence of the royal function.
Ptah is the patron of craftsmanship, metalworking, carpenters, shipbuilders, and sculpture. From the Middle Kingdom onwards, he was one of five major Egyptian deities with Ra, Isis, Osiris and Amun.
He bears many epithets that describe his role in ancient Egyptian religion and its importance in society at the time:
Ptah the beautiful face
Ptah lord of truth
Ptah master of justice
Ptah who listens to prayers
Ptah master of ceremonies
Ptah lord of eternity
Purchased from a private European collection in 1979. The seller guarantees that he his legally entitled to sell this artefact which has a legal provenance as well.
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