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



  • Private Collection of Lord Amherst of Hackney (1835-1909), Norfolk
  • Sold at Sotheby’s, London, The Amherst Collection, Egyptian & Oriental Antiquities, London, 13th-17th June 1921, lot 116, pl. III
  • Private collection, France
  • Thence by descent
  • Acquired by David Aaron Ltd, London, 2019
  • Acquired at David Aaron Ltd, London, 2020


  • "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


  • Didlington Hall Museum (a single-storey museum was constructed on the south side of Lord Amherst of Hackney's property to house his extensive collection), Norfolk, United-Kingdom, 1880 - 1910
  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from 2020

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