Ptah, the god of craftsmen and architects, was worshipped at Memphis. His symbols were architectural: plumb-line, level, transit and bricks. A creator god, Ptah (or Ptha) represented the sun as it rose above the horizon, and he also symbolized wisdom. He carved the bodies occupied by souls in the afterlife. His words initiated the world, a concept expressed in the biblical idea "In the beginning was the word, and the word was God."
In appearance Ptah resembled a seated mummy, bearded and carrying an ankh. His wife was the Lioness Sekhmet, and his adopted son Imhotep, architect of the first pyramids. Ptah's prominence can be inferred from this: the word Egypt derives from the words for Temple of Ptah.