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Head of clay figure of Harpokrates.
A head broken from a large figure of Harpokrates. His hair falls in curls around his face and is tied in a topknot from which curling strands of hair descend on his brow. He does not have a finger to his mouth, and a large wreath of leaves, blooms and fruit is worn, with a lotus bud angled up on each side of the topknot; above the latter is a Double Crown, the upper part of which is lost. What little remains of the back is flat and plain.
Hollow; two-piece mould. Micaceous brown clay with a red and grey core.
- Production date
- 3rdC BC-2ndC
Height: 7 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- BM Terracotta IV
Comparanda. From same mould-series: Dunand 1990: no. 279, dated Roman period. Near: Pagenstecher 1923: pl. xli:6, in plaster; Vogt 1924: pl. lxiii:7. For wreath, compare perhaps Dunand 1979: no. 187.
Bibliog. Christie’s Sale Catalogue, 16 July 1986: lot 257; Vassilika 1992: 271, no. 49; Cook 1995: 228.
Note: Previously interpreted as Eros.
- Not on display
- Upper part of crown lost.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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