Solid, heavy, bronze Ptah with a pronounced cranium, holding a staff and wearing a garment with a broad collar. Remarkable for its weight and design. Ptah, the Creator-God of Memphis was usually portrayed as a mummy with his hands protruding from the wrappings and holding a staff that combines the Djed pillar, ankh sign and 'Was' scepter. His head was shaven and covered by a tight-fitting skull-cap leaving his ears exposed. From the Middle Kingdom onwards, he was represented with a straight beard. The basic iconography of his images remained virtually unchanged throughout the Pharaonic period. In Hellenistic times, he was identified with the Greek God, Hephaestus. Traces of green patina. An exceptional piece. 26th Dynasty.