Inv. n°: MMoCA858

The ‘Amherst’ Ptah

Bronze statuette with black patina of Ptah, God of craftsmen and architects Depicted mummiform, only his forearms and hands come out of his shroud-like garment to clasp the emblematic staff of divine power and authority: the was-sceptre. He wears a skullcap and a short, straight false beard.

h. 22.9 cm

26th Dynasty, 664–525 BC, Egypt

Bronze

Provenance

  • Previously in the Private Collection of Lord Amherst of Hackney (1835-1909)
  • Sold at: The Amherst Collection, Egyptian & Oriental Antiquities, Sotheby’s, London, 13th-17th June 1921, lot 116
  • Private collection, France
  • Thence by descent
  • Acquired at David Aaron Gallery, London

Publications

  • "Egyptian Art Over 3000 Years Ago: Gems of the Amherst Sale", The Illustrated London News, 11th June 1921, p. 783
  • The Amherst Collection, Egyptian & Oriental Antiquities, 13th-17th June 1921, lot 116

Exhibitions

  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from 2020

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