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Fragment of a closed vessel. Applique decoration showing Harpocrates, son of Isis, standing with his right index finger to his mouth. He holds a cornucopia in his left arm. Dark brown paint on tunic, pink paint (traces) on face, red paint on cornucopia. Sprig, made in a plaster mould, applied to a lower body sherd: Harpokratis or Harpokrates standing, finger to mouth, with a cornucopia held against the left shoulder; a long, feminine chiton is worn, also a Double Crown, and a bracelet on the right wrist. No sign of a phallus (which is often shown emerging from below the chiton). The vessel sherd and the sprig are of an orange-brown clay, perhaps a Nile silt with only a trace of mica. The figure is painted a brown to black colour, with red paint on the Crown and the cornucopia, black on the hair; there are touches of white, mainly on the face.
- Production date
- 200BC- 30BC
Height: 6.40 centimetres
Width: 3.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For a brief discussion of Harpokratis, a female form of Harpokrates, see Bailey 2008, London, 37-8 and nos. 3082-4. Published by Bailey as part of an Alexandria produced group of goblets, amphorae and other forms dating to the 2nd century BC, found at Alexandria and Naukratis (Bailey 2011, 71-93: Goblet 1A 74-77, pls 2-8; Goblet 1B 77- 81 pls9-11; Goblet 1C 81-82, pl. 11; Table Amphora 2 82-84, pls 12-15; other form 84-85 pl. 15). Parallels have been given a wide variety of dates: ‘3rd to 4th century AD’ Kom es-Shugafa, Alexandria (Pagenstecher 1913, 130ff, pl. XLIII, 1 and 2; 133, fig. 141; pI. XLI V. 6; Guidotti 1980, 70-2. figs 11- 13; Rodzewicz 1985. Pl. I, 3 & 5), ‘ 2nd to 3rd century AD’ Egypt or Sudan (Hayes 1976. pl. 24, 191), ‘end 1st BC to beginning 1st century AD’ Kom el-Dikka, Alexandria (Rodziewicz 1976, 173. fig. 4. no. 6), ‘4th century AD’ Saqqara (Guidotti 1980, 65-81, pls I-II, plus parallels pls I-V), 2nd to 1st century BC context at Athribis (Południkiewcz 1992, 101, 12), ‘late 1st century BC, unprovenanced, in Louvre (Aubert & Cortopassi 1998, 158, no. 105), ‘1st century BC’ Diana theatre, Alexandria (Élaigne 1998, 105, fig. 2-12), ‘Late Ptolemaic’ Kom el-Dikka and Kom es-Shugafa, in Alexandria Greco-Roman Museum (Saad Rachwan 1998, 359-70), dated ‘Late Roman’, Naukratis (Leonard 2001, 194. fig. 3.7 and pl. 3.22).
Aubert, M. F. & Cortopassi, R. 1998. Vase paint, in Portraits de l’Égypte romaine, paris, 158.
Bailey, D. M. 2011. Drinking-goblets and table-amphorae groups of Ptolemaic painted pottery. CCE 9: 71-93.
Élaigne, S. 1998. Alexandrie –étude préliminaire d’un context céramique du Haut-Empire, in J-Y. Empereur (ed) Alexandrina I.
Guidotti, M. C. 1980, Alcuni vasi dipinti da Saqqara, EVO 3: 65-81.
Hayes, J. W. 1976. Roman pottery in the Royal Ontario Museum, A catalogue. Toronto.
Pagenstecher, R. 1913. Die griechisch-ägyptische sammlung Ernst von Sieglin II, 3,. Leipzig.
Południkiewcz, A. 1992. Imitations of Greek pottery in Tell Atrib, CCE 3: 95-101.
Rodziewicz, M. 1976. Un quartier d’habitation gréco-romain à Kom el-Dikka, Etud Trav 9: 170-210.
Rodziewicz, M. 1985. On the origins of the Coptic painted pottery in Kharga Oasis, in Mélanges Gamal Eddin Mokhtar II, BdE 97/2: 235-241, pls I-II.
Saad Rachwan, S. 1998. Un groupe de céramique à décor peit au Musée gréco-romain d’Alexandrie. Nouvelles données sur un atelier du Delta, in N. Bonacasa (ed.) L’Egitto in Italia dalla’antichità al medioevo, Atti dell III congress internazionale italoegiziano, Rome. 239-370.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from James Ede as part of a group of 10 pieces (2002.4-19.1 - 7; 2002.4-20.1; 2002.4-22.1 and 2002.4-23.1)
- Greek and Roman
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