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Relief of Ptah Holding Ankh and Djed

Ptah is shown here as he often is, enveloped in a heavy garment and holding a staff topped with symbols of life and permanence The egg-shaped skull, the projecting chin, the fine cosmetic lines, and the depression at the corner of the mouth are features found in a considerable number of works of the fourth and third centuries B.C.The purpose of this and other small-scale stucco reliefs of the Late and ptolemaic Periods remains uncertain. To judge from comparable works, the relief is probably from Lower Egypt, perhaps the area of Memphis, of which Ptah was the chief deity.


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