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Illustrated Papyrus

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Papyrus, pigment, ink
  • Reportedly From: Memphis, Egypt
  • DATES 4th–3rd century B.C.E.
    PERIOD Early Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 37.1647Eb: 14 1/4 × 7 13/16 in. (36.2 × 19.9 cm)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A group of fragments preserving parts of four figures. They are, as mounted, from left to right, a partially preserved representation, pieced together from 5 fragments, of the mummiform god Ptah. The god is represented standing within a shrine and holding before him a Was-scepter. The shrine is painted red and yellow with black outlines and details. The scepter and the god’s face are painted yellow. The god’s body is painted red. His tight cap (or hairdo) is painted light blue. Also light blue are the background within the confines of the shrine and a series of dots on the upper part of Ptah’s garment. To the right of Ptah, who faces left, is a figure of an Ibis-headed god (Thoth?) who faces right. The god wears an Atef crown and a short kilt similar to that worn by the gods described above. Only the yellow half of the kilt is preserved. The god holds the Ankh-sign and Was-scepter. Above his head and below his feet there are horizontal red bands. The god’s skin is painted red; his body is outlined with black. To the right of Thoth is a fragment of a figure of a king (?), facing right, and wearing the Red Crown. He holds before himself a papyrus-scepter. Preserved are parts of the crown, face, left arm, and scepter. His face is yellow, the crown and body red, and the scepter yellow. All these elements are outlined in black. To the right of this figure are fragments preserving the left arm and part of the torso of a figure before which is a cartouche. Also preserved before the figure is part of a Was-scepter. The skin of the figure is painted red. Condition: Fragmentary.
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