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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1268538

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Late 1st Century BC- 2nd Century AD

Made in a two-part mold this figure depicts the deity Harpokrates on an integral plinth. The figure stands in contrapposto and leans against an altar, in his right hand he holds a cornucopia. He is dressed in a long chiton and wears a floral wreath and the double crown of Egypt. His index finger is pressed against his lips. The back in plain with a vent hole. Remnants of white slip are still present on front of the figure.

Similar examples at the British Museum and the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon.

In excellent and original condition.

7.83 x 2.99 inches (19.9 x 7.6 cm)

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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.


Harpokrates, literally “Horus the Child”, is the result of the Hellenization of the Egyptian culture and religion began by Alexander the Great and his successors. As the Egyptian god Horus, he is the son of Isis and Osiris and is the embodiment of the rising sun. As the god Harpokrates he maintains many of his original aspects as well as being given the additional attribute of a god of silence due to the misinterpretation of his signature gesture of putting his finger to his lips. The Egyptians used this gesture to signify him as a child whereas the Greeks and Romans incorrectly interpreted it as a gesture for silence, as it was used in their culture, and is still used in ours today.