Detail of painting from the Tomb of Seti I, KV 17 in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes. In hieroglyphic, Ptah means to open, and therefore Ptah was associated with the ritual of 'Opening of the Mouth' of the deceased. Ptah always appears in the shape of a mummy, holding in his hands a staff with three important symbols ankh, was, djed, the symbols of life, strength and endurance. Ptah was also known as the patron of artisans, and his main cult center was in Memphis.
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