Ear SteleAncient Egyptians could worship their…

Ear Stele

Ancient Egyptians could worship their gods without going to a temple. This small stela is incised with five pairs of ears that represent a direct conduit to the god, much like an ancient mobile phone with a dedicated line to the deity. Although this example does not bear an inscription, other such stelae identify the ears as belonging to the god Ptah. These objects demonstrate how accessible the gods were thought to be; they could be contacted any time, any place, and asked to intercede on any sort of problem.

Baked clay, painted. Predynastic Period,

Gerzeh (Nagada II), ca. 3600-3200 BC. Now in the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago.