Nicely bent bronze figure of Harpokrates cradling a large cornucopia in the crook of his left arm. The youthful god is depicted nude and stands by a staff which is slung by a snake.
The curly hair is surmounted by a stippled floral wreath with a small double crown at center.
Harpokrates was the infant son of Isis and Horus and symbolized both youth and fertility. As usual he is depicted with the right forefinger close to the lips. Harpokrates was revered as the patron deity of childhood.
Egyptian, Roman Period, 1st century AD
H. 3.6 cm (1.4 in)
Superb modeling and patina. Suspension loop at rear damaged, otherwise intact.
Old French collection, acquired in the 1960s. Thence German art market.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.