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Amulet of Ptah

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This banded agate amulet depicts the creator god Ptah. He appears as a standing figure, whose head and feet are red to signify skin, while the torso is white to represent a garment. There is a suspension ring at the back. Ptah is the ancient creator god of Memphis, patron of craftsmen. He is...

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Provenance

From Meroe: Beg. West. 1921: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 270 B.C.–A.D. 320

Findspot

Meroe, Nubia(Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.509

Medium or Technique

Agate

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets