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Terracotta figure of Harpokrates.
Harpokrates seated on a low rough plinth, supporting himself with his left arm (flaked away and largely lost, but almost certainly holding a pot), with his legs extending somewhat to his right, the left knee on the ground, the right knee raised. A himation falls from his left shoulder; it passed behind him and is drawn forward to cover his right leg and left foot. His finger is to his mouth and he may have a side-lock: he wears a tightly woven and bound wreath with no other hair showing beneath it; the wreath’s ribbons rest on his shoulders. A break at the top of the head perhaps removed a Double Crown or, less likely, lotus buds. At his right side is a tallnecked amphora on a stand, surmounted by a circular loaf decorated with a rosette. The back is plain with a circular vent.
Hollow; two-piece mould. Micaceous orange-brown Nile silt.
- Production date
- 3rdC BC-2ndC BC
Height: 7.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Terracotta IV
Comparandum. Near: Breccia 1934: pl. xxxv:166, which is very close in pose and attributes, including a pot, lost in ours; it is, however, unclothed and has no wreath: Breccia suggests lotus buds on top of the head.
Bibliog. Christie’s Sale Catalogue, 16 July 1986: lot 257; Vassilika 1992: 271, no. 49; Cook 1995: 228.
- Not on display
- Greek and Roman
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