NOW ON SALE FROM OUR LIST PRICE OF $8000!!!
AUTHENTIC ANCIENT EGYPTIAN VOTIVE OFFERING STATUETTE OF PTAH, THE CREATOR GOD OF ANCIENT EGYPT, EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE FIGURE IN A GREEN FAIENCE NEARLY 8" TALL!
PLUS... DOUBLE ANKH AMULETS, DJED, AND WAS-SCEPTER ALL MOLDED IN RELIEF ON STATUE, CLENCHED IN THE HANDS OF THE FIGURE!
"Ptah is the Creator god par excellence: He is considered the demiurge who existed before all other things and, by his willfulness, thought the world. [...] 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."
Description:An exquisite and exceedingly rare green faience example of a votive offering figure of PTAH; the Creator God and Ancient Egyptian Demiurge to hold the record of one the oldest and most lasting figures of the most lasting Religious Pantheon of any culture to have yet existed at any time, past or present. The majority of Authentic Ancient Egyptian Ptah Statuettes that are extant today are molded in bronze- which is what makes an example such as this even more exceedingly uncommon, as it is constructed entirely of Green-Glazed Faience; while faience was commonly used in Egyptian arts in general, it is quite rare in Ptah statuettes though not unheard of, yet when such examples are found they are generally no more than about 3 inches tall, making the height of this nearly 8inch tall Ptah another factor adding to its rarity- some bronze examples equal our example in height, but they are exceedingly rare as well, with one bronze example of equal height to the Ptah shown herein selling at Christie's December of 2016 for over USD$175,000! The material, size, strong features, great condition, and rarity of the specific selection of amulets molded into the piece combine to give us a piece which is truly remarkable under any circumstance, and exponentially more so when found in a piece available for sale on the public market.
The statuette is made with a great deal of detail and shows the Demiurge of Egypt with a striated false beard, the concentric circles of a regal breastplate across his chest, and standing with hands clenched around the three central and most important symbols of the Ancient Egyptian Mystery School (Djed, Was, and Ankh): a Djed atop the powerful Egyptian Was (or 'Uas') Scepter clenched between both hands while holding TWO Ankhs, one in each hand. Ptah was sometimes shown with a staff containing the djed at one end and an ankh at the other but in this case the two amulets are separate, with the staff appearing in the form of a "was" scepter, but trading the more common animal head design at the top end for the shape of the Djed "Spine of Horus" Pillar and then still using the common two-pronged scepter's bottom-end design at the other, and then placing the ankhs held in the hands of Ptah forms a much more meaningful Symbol as a whole for the Egyptian Scholars and Priests.
As is typical of Ancient Egyptian Statuettes, particularly of those made in faience, there is an integral back plinth to reinforce the statue. Ptah is probably the most important God of the Egyptian pantheon (especially in the Teachings of the Egyptian Mystery School/Old Religion and all of the 'Mystery Schools' that learned from and followed the Egyptians, from the Greeks, to Gnostics, to Pagans continuing uninterrupted through to the present day, many would argue, in Freemasonry) due to the symbolic role of Ptah as the Father of the much revered Imhotep, and in kind also being the God of Craftsmanship, Masonry, Sculpture, and Metalworking...Amongst a Myriad of other Roles. He was also the Central God in the Trinity of Memphis, along with his spouse Sekhmet and child Nefertum.
Period: Third Intermediate to Late Period- 1075 to 332 BCE
Dimensions: Height 7 1/2" (8 1/4" w/ base)
Provenance: From a Private Los Angeles Collection; acquired by Zep Tepi Gallery in 2015, after the passing of the previous Collector, during the Estate Liquidation containing that Collection.
Condition: An old break across the legs, common in faience statues, was repaired by a past owner and is stable. Great condition overall, the two small chips at the base & minor spots of discoloration are very common in similar pieces.
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