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Statuette of Ptah, god of the capital Memphis, creator god and patron of artisans

Unknown8th century BCE - 7th century BCE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

According to Egyptian belief, creation took place within the primordial condition of dark watery chaos, from which the creator god emerged on a primeval hill and created the world. This concept undoubtedly relates to the annual receding of the Nile after inundation, which exposes arable land on which vegetation and life can develop. Creator gods were usually sun gods or gods of capital cities, the latter frequently fused with the primary sun god.

Credit: Bequest of Norbert Schimmel, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Details

  • Title: Statuette of Ptah, god of the capital Memphis, creator god and patron of artisans
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 8th century BCE - 7th century BCE
  • Location: Egypt
  • Type: Statuette
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dimensions: H: 15.5; W: 5 cm
  • Curator: Ben-Tor, Daphna

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