February 28, 2008
The oscar winner award statue is actually based on the ancient egyptian god Ptah (pronounced "taw") who in the Memphite theology was the master craftsman that brought forth everything in existence. Ptah was the primal deity, the first of all the gods, creator of the world and all that is in it. He is said to have sculpted the gods, and created all living things. Egyptian art depicts Ptah as a tall bearded man with a tightly fitting cap and ornate garments, and he is shown holding the "was" scepter, the symbol of the divine, and a symbol for life, stability, and power that is combined together in the Ankh. It is interesting how little known the Egyptian inspiration for the Oscar statue award trophy truly is.