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Ptah Altar Statue - Patron of Creation and Artisans - Standing Form - Kemetic Altar Statue with Aged Brass Patina

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This handmade votive statue of the Egyptian Deity known as Ptah is formed from a blend of premium polymer clay, hand detailed and hand painted with acrylic and brass pigment paint and a layering of a reactive patina to achieve the final, aged look of the piece.

For this statue, Ptah is depicted in standing form with the Ankh Djed scepter/staff and skull cap.

The Ptah statue measures 7 inches tall, 2 1/4 inch wide and 2 1/4 inches deep


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In the ancient Egyptian Pantheon Ptah was the deification of the primordial mound in the Ennead cosmogony, which was more literally referred to as Ta-tenen, meaning risen land, or as Tanen, meaning submerged land, though Tatenen was a god in his own right, before being assimilated with Ptah. Ptah also is referred to as the noble Djed.

It was Ptah who called the world into being, having dreamed creation in his heart, and speaking it, his name meaning opener, in the sense of opener of the mouth. Indeed the opening of the mouth ceremony, performed by priests at funerals to release souls from their corpses, was said to have been created by Ptah. Atum was said to have been created by Ptah to rule over the creation, sitting upon the primordial mound.

In art, he is portrayed as a mummified man, often wearing a skull cap, with his hands holding an ankh, was, and djed, the symbols of life, power and stability, respectively. It was also considered that Ptah manifested himself in the Apis bull.

He may have originally been a fertility god because of this.

<>oOo<> Egyptian Votive Practices <>oOo<>

The ancient Egyptian practice of dedicating small objects to deities as a means of establishing a lasting, personal relationship between deity and donor is well known. The dedication of votive objects in sacred areas such as temples, shrines, and cemeteries was an optional practice for which there is sporadic archaeological evidence.

Large deposits of Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom votive offerings have been recovered from numerous sites throughout Egypt. During the New Kingdom, it became permissible for individuals to set up stelae or leave small votive objects in the outer areas of state temples or in special shrines.

In the Late and Ptolemaic Periods many stelae, ritual objects, and figures of deities were dedicated in sacred areas, often in relation to animal cults. Both women and men dedicated votive objects to reinforce prayers.


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My statues, amulets and altar pieces are almost always styled after the traditional votive statues of Ancient Egypt. That is to say, NOT the gilded golden idols of kings and queens but the statues of everyday life. Prayer and offering statues. Home altars and handmade with humble simplicity.

Each custom votive is made individually by hand so please allow for variations in the coloring and finish. This finish is different form the entirely painted effects I have used on other statues in the past. The patine reacts directly with the metallic pigments to create a realistic aged and textural look to the piece. If you wish to have this process repeated on another custom piece, please be aware that since it is not simply painted, but a reaction of an applied patina, I cannot control the effect as perfectly as paint. It will, so to speak, do as it wishes.

All of my statues and amulets statues are packaged in a handmade black gift box with appropriate tag and description card for the deity purchased.

Ptah Altar Statue - Patron of Creation and Artisans - Standing Form - Kemetic Altar Statue with Aged Brass Patina


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: acrylic paint, premium polymer clay, armature wire, brass pigment paint, reactive patina, felt
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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