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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Egyptian
Title:Stela fragment showing the god Ptah and a cobra goddess, perhaps Renenutet
Date Made:1293-1070 BCE (New Kingdom, Dynasties 19-20)
Type:Sculpture
Materials:Limestone
Place Made:Africa; Egypt; Karnak or Memphis
Measurements:Overall: 4 7/8 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 12.4 cm x 7.9 cm x 3.2 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1936.33.1.A.G
Credit Line:Bequest of Emma Dickinson (Class of 1867)
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Description:
Relief sculpture fragment from a round-topped stela showing the god Ptah and a cobra goddess, perhaps Renenutet. The carving is in raised relief except for the inscription, which is incised. The mummiform figure of Ptah is accompanied by the hieroglyphic caption "Ptah south of his wall," a reference to a shrine of that god at Memphis. In front of Ptah is a fragmentary image of another deity, a crowned cobra surmounting a papyrus stalk. Although the decoration suggests a connection with Memphis, stelae honoring the gods of Memphis can also be found in the Theban area.

Keywords/Tags:
ancient; archaeology; deaths; tombs; rituals; ceremonies; gods; deities; sculpture; religion

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