An exhibited Faience Amulet of Ptah, 21st Dynasty, <br><em>ca. 1069 - 945 BCE</em>
An exhibited Faience Amulet of Ptah, 21st Dynasty, <br><em>ca. 1069 - 945 BCE</em>

An exhibited Faience Amulet of Ptah, 21st Dynasty,
ca. 1069 - 945 BCE

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very finely rendered glazed composition, the creator god shown in profile in the distinctive mummiform shape. Only his hands can be seen emerging to grasp a large was-scepter: a long, straight staff with a forked lower end and a stylized animal head on top (a symbol of power). He wears a tight-fitting skull cap and a straight false beard, and a broad collar, of pale blue glaze.  The color stands for the blue cosmos, referring to Ptah’s epithet Lord of the Sky; the royal beard, the composite scepter, and the close-fitting garment, relating to the sed festival, link Ptah with the king and justify his title Lord of the Two Lands; while the sumptuous broad collar signifies his role as Master Craftsman. There is an attachment ring at the top for suspension. Amulets of Ptah are very rare (see Andrew, Amulets, p. 19),

Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum NY 1920-40, Boston Fine Art 1945-60 #231.21, Museum of Man CA 1968 #222.45 (part).

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A very fine example.

Dimensions: Height: 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Provenance: Goddard Du Bois (b. 1869 – d. 1925) and Josephine Cook Du Bois (b. 1864 – d. 1961), New York, acquired in Egypt between 1900 and 1907, loaned & exhibited at Metropolitan Museum NY 1920-40, Boston Fine Art 1945-60 231.21 and Museum of Man #222.45 (part).

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