Ptah-Tatenen pendant, Dyn. 19-20

Ptah-Tatenen pendant, Dyn. 19-20
Period:Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, Ramesses II/Usermaatre-Setepenre
Dating:1279 BC–715 BC
Origin:Egypt, Lower Egypt, Memphis
Physical:5.2cm. (2 in.) - 25 g. (.9 oz.)

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Ritual pendant for the Priest of Ptah
  In this small bronze pendant, Ptah-Tatenen is shown wearing his distinguishing skullcap. He holds the traditional was scepter in his right hand, while he grasps his penis with his left hand. His body is covered with feathers, symbolized by incisions in the bronze.

This rare ritual pendant of the Memphite cosmogony dates back to between the first half of the reign of Ramesses II of Dynasty 19 (1280 BC) and early in Dynasty 20 (1150 BC), although it might be as late the end of Dynasty 23 (after which the workmanship and style of the piece do not fit). Ramesses II’s special attention towards Ptah and Ptah-Tatenen is demonstrated by a lifetime of temple building. Hart (1986:211) documents that later, during Dynasty 20, King Ramesses III was represented on the walls of the tomb of his young son inviting the god Tatenen to look after the dead prince.

Bibliography (for this item)

Andrews, Carol
1994 Amulets of Ancient Egypt. University of Texas Press, Texas. (19)

Grimal, Nicolas
1988 Histoire de l’Egypte ancienne. Fayard, Paris, France. (318)

Hart, George
1986 A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, United Kingdom. (174-175, 210-211
Ramesses III : 211)

Khalil, Hassan M.
1976 Preliminary Studies on the Sanusret Collection. Manuscript, Musée l’Egypte et le Monde Antique, Monaco-Ville, Monaco. ((II) 57)

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