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Terracotta figure of two priests carrying a shrine.
Two priests carrying a shrine, probably of Harpokrates. Both are bald and wear high-waisted, long garments, and support the shrine on their shoulders with both hands. The shrine has a cobra cornice and an open door, and contains a very obscurely rendered, apparently unclothed, deity, very probably Harpokrates. Between the priests’ feet is a pot. The group stands on a plain, flatfronted plinth. The back is plain, with a circular vent.
Hollow; two-piece mould. Micaceous brown Nile silt with a grey core.
- Production date
- 3rdC BC-1stC BC
Height: 15.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Terracotta IV
Comparanda. Close: Arslan 1997: 666, no. xi.5, dated first century ad; Fjeldhagen 1995: no. 97, dated first to third century ad; Kaufmann 1913: fig. 80:3; Perdrizet 1921: no. 289, from Kom Firin; Schürmann 1989: no. 1073, dated first half of first century bc; Willems and Clarysse 2000: 255, no.178, perhaps from Memphis, dated Graeco-Roman (Petrie Museum uc8786). Near: Dunand 1979: no. 329; Dunand 1990: no. 502, dated Roman period; Graindor 1939: pl. x:24; Heide and Thiel 2004: 94, no. ii.2.52, dated Roman period; Török 1995: no. 142 = LIMC iv (2): pl. 251, Harpokrates 208b; Weber 1914: nos 127–9.
Bibliog. Christie’s Sale Catalogue, 16 July 1986: lot 261; Vassilika 1992: 271, no. 49; Fischer 1994: 210, no. 385; Cook 1995: 228.
- Not on display
- There is slight damage to the face of one of the priests.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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