Ancient Greco-Roman figure of harpocrates, 100 BC
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1166625
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Ancient “Gerco-Roman” hollow terracotta figure of harpocrates with remains of white paint on the surface “God of Secrecy and silence” Harpocrates is shown seated, crossed legs holding a jar with his right forefinger to his lips
Dated from, 100 BC – 100 AD
This gesture was misconstrued by the Greek and Roman conquerors as an exhortation of silence and consequently adopted Harpocrates as the God of secrecy and silence
Measurements: Height: 13.5 – Width: 6 cm – Height on stand: 17 cm
Condition: Un-touched as found, not repaired and not restored
Mounted on a plexi-glass “Lucite” display stand of high quality
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In late Greek mythology as developed in Ptolemaic Alexandria, Harpocrates (Ancient Greek: is the god of silence. Harpocrates was adapted by the Greeks from the Egyptian child god Horus. To the ancient Egyptians, Horus represented the newborn Sun, rising each day at dawn. When the Greeks conquered Egypt under Alexander the Great, they transformed the Egyptian Horus into their Hellenistic god known as Harpocrates, a rendering from Egyptian Har- pa -khered or Heru- pa- khered (meaning "Horus the Child").