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Statuette of Ptah

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Ptah was the patron god of artists. In one Egyptian story of creation, it was Ptah who formed mankind upon his potters wheel. The ancient Egyptians believed that the artists ability to transform raw materials into finished works was a sign of Ptahs creative powers expressed through the arts. Ptah is usually depicted as a mummified man wearing a tight-fitting cap, a straight beard, and a broad necklace. He holds a scepter with the combined ankh, was, and djed hieroglyphs that signify life, power, and stability, respectively. Because of his creative aspects, Ptah came to be viewed as a god of reincarnation.

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