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Capital from shrine of Ptah

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Bronze capital from the shrine of Ptah. It is an elliptical bell-shape, flaring at top. There are five fillets at the lower end. It is a rectangular shaft. It is heavily incrusted.

Provenance

From Egypt, Tell Gemayemi, the Shrine of Ptah. 1886:excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 24, 1887. (Accession date: June 24, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Late to Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 305–30 B.C.

Findspot

Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 6.9 x 6.1 x 5 cm (2 11/16 x 2 3/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

87.482

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture