Wednesday, April 30, 2014 A
"Intuitive Drawing: Song of the Soul"

"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
"Ptah Upon His Throne"

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)
This design has been greatly changed since then.

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.)

(Note of June 13, 2015)

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)

Version with feathering on the throne sides, and adding border. Also, I found a profile view of the Turin statue model and made a better face profile. (July 9, 2015): I realized the upper arm was too skinny, the neck was too short and the throne uncomfortably big for his legs. So I fixed. :)(July 18, 2015): The neck was still too short, and the trunk too short for the size of the head. It's been since fixed. :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014 A
"Ptah Upon His Throne - Adjusted Three-Quarter View"

(Note of July 18, 2015)

In addition to changing the scepter, I've also lengthened the trunk. I'm much more pleased with this version.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 B
"Ptah Upon His Throne - Front View"

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! :) )

(Notes of June 24, 2015 and July 18, 2015)

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! :) )

Sunday, May 4, 2014
"Ptah Upon His Throne - Titles "

Ptah, Lord of Ma'at, and Ptah, Lord of Eternity

(Note of June 17, 2015)
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)
The image below has been adjusted to have a Djed pillar on the back. Without the Djed, it would not work also for Ptah-Sokar-Osiris.

(Note of July 18, 2015)
I decided the trunk was too short for the size of the head. The image below and all other views have been adjusted to have a longer trunk.

The little detail illustrating the back of the head comes from a bitmap version of part of a photo of this statue at the Met. I made a pdf of the new views.

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