Egyptian terracotta figure (Harpocrates) plaque fragment of the shaven head of an Egyptian priest, looking to the side. Probably part of a model group. Mould-made and solid with plain flat back (broken). Red-brown Nile silt fabric with grey core with abundant organic vesicles, common fine quartz, mica and white inclusions.
- Production date
- 5thC BC - 4thC BC
Height: 3.90 centimetres
Width: 2.50 centimetres
Depth: 1.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Features commonly found on Harpocrates plaques of the 5th and 4th centuries BC, but also on priests in Harpocrates phallophorous processions. Possibly a fragment of phallophorous figure model, a procession that usually involves a pair of Bes’ and a pair of priests holding Harpocrates’ phallus, who has a naked female tambourine player (wearing a diadem) on his shoulder or head. See Herodotus’ discussion of 5th century processions (II:48). Late 5th and 4th century BC parallels from Saqqâra (Martin 1981, Pl.23, 306 probably early 4th century BC), Memphis (Anthes & Bakry 1959, pl.30, no.206; Anthes et. al. 1965, 129 nos 255 and 256; Petrie Museum (UC48384-5, UC48391, UC33595-602, UC33605) and Naukratis (Gutch in Hogarth 1899, pl.12.143; Cambridge, Museum of Classical Archaeology NA576, NA581, NA601; Bristol, City Art Gallery & Museum H2805; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 86.389; Bolton Museum 1886.31.17, 1886.31.16 and 1886.31.15; Brussels, Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire A.1837; Oxford, Ashmolean Museum AN1896-1908-E.4694).
Anthes, R. & Bakry, H. S. K. 1959. Mit Rahineh, 1955. Philadelphia : University Museum, University of Pennsylvania.
Anthes, R., Habachi, L., Yoyotte, J. and Jacquet, J. 1965. Mit Rahineh, 1956. Philadelphia : University Museum, University of Pennsylvania.
- Not on display
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AN1896-1908-E.4720 (Accession Number)