Plaster cast of a frieze

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Fakes, forgeries, and replicas case
Object Types
Fakes and replicas, Replicas | Architecture, Architectural element, Frieze
Graeco-Roman Period to Modern
Ptolemaic Period
Ptolemy III
Number of Elements
Divine Name
Behdety | Imhotep | Ptah
Height: 725mm | Width: 550mm | Depth: 110mm

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A plaster cast of a frieze showing Ptolemy III Euergetes I offering to Imhotep and Ptah. It is from a relief on the upper north side of the Gate F of the Temple of Ptah at Karnak. The temple was built by Thutmose III and restored in the Ptolemaic Period. The cast was made by Cairo Museum in 1930, and it was gifted to Swansea by the Wellcome Institute in 1982.


Biston-Moulin, Sébastien and Christophe Thiers 2016. Le temple de Ptah à Karnak (Ptah, nos 1–191), 2 vols. Bibliothèque générale 49. Cairo: Institut français d'archéologie orientale. [vol. I, pp.145–146; vol. 2, p. 98] Porter, Bertha and Rosalind L. B. Moss 1972. Topographical bibliography of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, reliefs and paintings II: Theban temples, 2nd, augmented and revised ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; Griffith Institute. [p. 199 (12c, I)]

Wellcome Number
A654630 | R4475/1936
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Gift, The Wellcome Trust (07 Jul 1982)


Title (under the arms of the king): (1) ḥnk i͗rp = Offering wine The king: (2) nb tꜣwy i͗wꜥ-n-nṯrwy-snwy-stp-n-rꜥ-sḫm-ꜥnḫ-n-i͗mn = Lord of the Two Lands, Heir of the Two Divine Brothers Gods, Chosen of Re, Living Image of Amun. (3) nb ḫꜥw ptwlmys ꜥnḫ-dṯ mr-ptḥ = Lord of Appearances, Ptolemy, who lives eternally, beloved of Ptah. (4) sꜣ [ꜥnḫ wꜣs nb ḥꜣ.f] mi͗ rꜥ ḏt = All protection, life and dominion is around him, like Re, forever. Solar-disc with double uraeus: (5) bḥdty = Behedety Imhotep: (6) ḏd-mdw <i͗>n i͗y-m-ḥtp wr sꜣ ptḥ = Words spoken by Imhotep the Great, son of Ptah. (7) nh.i͗ ḥꜥw.k m snb ꜥnḫ = I protect your flesh in health and life. (8) ḏd-mdw <i͗>n ptḥ nb wꜣst (9) nb mꜣꜥt nfr-ḥr = Words spoken by Ptah, Lord of Waset, (9) Lord of Maat, Fair of Face. (10) di͗.n.<i͗> n.k ꜥnḫ ḏd wꜣs nbw = I have given to you all life, stability and dominion.


Last modified: 27 Nov 2021

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