Wednesday, April 30, 2014 A
"Sharpie" pen on 11 x 14 in sketching paper
Julia noted the notes on the singer's collar, "F - A - C", and got out her Latin dictionary. "Fac" is a 'command', 'imperative' for the word "Facere" which means 'to do', 'to make'. (I did not know this.) The singer is dressed a bit like the Netjer Ptah, who is a creator god. "'The Ennead [of Ptah], however, is the teeth and lips in this mouth, which pronounced the name of everything, and from which Shu and Tefnut came forth, the fashioner of the Ennead.' [...] In this text the Memphite god Ptah is the one who conceives in his heart and creates with his tongue [...] a possible antecedent of [...] the Logos..." (Religion in Ancient Egypt: Gods, Myths, and Personal Practice, edited by Byron Esely Shafer, Leonard H. Lesko, David P. Silverman, page 96)
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 B
This has been traced, mostly from a photo of the enthroned Ptah at the Turin museum, but I didn't like the way the Was scepter was hidden under his beard, so I used an example from a standing Ptah statue also at that museum.
(Note of July 18, 2015)
Thursday, May 1, 2014
"Ptah Upon His Throne - Side View"
I thought I wanted to add 'feather' scallops to the throne, but I now think just the sema-tawy "union" on the throne is sufficient. (Note of May 3, 2014: Also, while working on the front view of this statue, I've discovered why the original source model had only the Djed pillar showing. I'd altered the 3/4 view to allow both to show, lengthening the torso. But it doesn't work for front view. So I'm changing it to have just the Was scepter showing. This side view has been already adjusted.)|
Looking at the details of the original design, I realized the sema-tawy could never be executed in a table or shelf size statue! So I have a simplified side view that would work for a 8 or 9 inch statue. Possibly the rekhyt birds giving dua might be too much detail, as well. (If I plan it, the money to actualize this may come. Hopeful heka!)
(Later Notes of June 24, 2015, July 9, 2015 and July 18, 2015)
In addition to changing the scepter, I've also lengthened the trunk. I'm much more pleased with this version.
Note of May 4th: I did put some titles on the front of the throne, similar to what the original model has, but instead of pharaoh's name, we have titles of Ptah, Lord of Ma'at, and Lord of Eternity. The bottom of the ma'at plinth says "All the people (rekhyt birds) worship (dua), thereby taking in life (ankh)
(Note of June 13, 2015)
Simplified design for 8 or 9 inch size statue. (If I plan it, the funds will come! :) )
Even more simplified design for 8 or 9 inch size statue. Note, the beard's chin strip has been removed, and the trunk has been lengthened to better fit the size of the head.(If I plan it, the funds will come! :) )
Aiming for details that can work in an 8 to 9 inch tall statue, I've included a design without the titles. I thought prehaps they'd fit on the back, but now that I've visualized the back, it's nicer plain. I'd considered a version with just Ptah's name, but then decided to leave it plain. Then this statue could represent Ptah, Ptah-Sokar, or Ptah-Sokar-Osiris.
(Note of July 16, 2015)
(Note of July 18, 2015)
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