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Clay model shrine containing figure of Harpocrates.
The figure is naked and in a semi-seated pose with his left leg bent under him and his right leg extended. He has his finger to his mouth and holds a lotus stem and flower against his left side. A side-lock falls from beneath a tightly woven wreath surmounted by a Double Crown. The shrine has two plain Corinthian columns on moulded bases, supporting an arcuated cornice with antefixal ornaments, the centre one a palmette; the top of the shrine is domed, with garlands curving down from a central finial. The back is curved and plain.
Hollow; two-piece mould. Micaceous brown Nile silt.
- Production date
- 2ndC BC-1stC BC
Height: 3.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Terracotta IV
Comparanda. Close, probably same mouldseries: Perdrizet 1921: no. 305, from the Fayum. Petrie Museum uc8770, from Memphis, is a seated Harpokrates holding a flower, possibly a lotus; its pose is similar to 3048, holding a cornucopia.
Bibliog. Christie’s Sale Catalogue, 16 July 1986: lot 261; Vassilika 1992: 271, no. 49; Cook 1995: 228.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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