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193A Figure of Harpocrates, bronze, Egypt, possibly Ptloemaic Period, about 332-30 BC. Click to enlarge.

Bronze figurine

The figure, which is identified as an infant Horus or Harpocrates, is in a seated position and is completely naked except for the Double Crown of Egypt on its head. A large object, thought to be the sidelock of youth, is protruding from the side of the Crown. The figure holds its right hand to its chin, with its forefinger and thumb together (artistic convention for depicting children). Its original placement was possibly upon the lap of another figure, his mother Isis.

Summary

Object No.

193A

Object Statement

Figure of Harpocrates, bronze, Egypt, possibly Ptloemaic Period, about 332-30 BC

Physical Description

The figure, which is identified as an infant Horus or Harpocrates, is in a seated position and is completely naked except for the Double Crown of Egypt on its head. A large object, thought to be the sidelock of youth, is protruding from the side of the Crown. The figure holds its right hand to its chin, with its forefinger and thumb together (artistic convention for depicting children). Its original placement was possibly upon the lap of another figure, his mother Isis.

Marks

No marks.

Dimensions

Height

110 mm

Width

32 mm

Depth

30 mm

Production

Notes

W M F Petrie ['Amulets', London 1914] says Isis on the throne is dated from the 26th Dynasty to Roman times (644 BCE - 395 CE).

Source

Credit Line

Presented to the New South Wales Collection of Applied Art by Mr A W Robey, 1927

Acquisition Date

11 May 1927

Cite this Object

Harvard

Bronze figurine 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2019, <https://ma.as/7858>

Wikipedia

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