Limestone votive stela of Ptah from Memphis
(E13579). Dynasty 19 (1292-1190 B.C.).
the local god of Memphis, where he was
worshipped together with his consort Sekhmet
and her son Nefertem. Because of
the importance of the city of Memphis
as a religious capital, Ptah became an important national god. Considered
one of the creator gods who created humankind by means of his speech,
he was always shown as a mummified man wearing a close fitting skull
cap and false beard. He carries a staff, which was a combination
of the was scepter and the djed pillar, symbols of authority and
stability. He was the patron of craftsmen.