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Limestone votive stela of Ptah<< Limestone votive stela of Ptah from Memphis (E13579). Dynasty 19 (1292-1190 B.C.).

Ptah was 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.


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