LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Bronze sculpture of the Egyptian God Ptah, Egypt, Late Period-Ptolemaic Period (380-100 BC). In Egyptian mythology, Ptah is the demiurge (artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe) of Memphis, god of craftsmen and architects. Ptah is the patron of craftsmanship, metalworking, carpenters, shipbuilders, and sculpture. From the Middle Kingdom onwards, he was one of five major Egyptian gods with Ra, Isis, Osiris and Amun. In the Memphite theology, Ptah is the primal creator, the first of all the gods, creator of the world and all that is in it. He is not created, but simply is.
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