Egyptian ithyphallic limestone figure. Representation of naked youth with side-lock, probably Harpocrates. Seated with knees raised and phallus extending forward. Crudely carved from soft Egyptian brown limestone or mudstone. Head missing.
- Production date
- 600BC - 300BC
Height: 5.60 centimetres
Length: 10.60 centimetres
Width: 2.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Seems to be made from a grey mudstone or very grey limestone. Common at Naukratis (The Petrie Museum UC16475; British Museum GR1965,0930.968, 1965,0930.973, 1965,0930.941, 1965,0930.938, 1886,0401.1515) with further parallels attributed to Naukratis (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge E.SU.154, E.97.1914; British Museum GR2011,5011.5, 2011,5011.4). Parallel found on Cyprus (Karageorghis 1984, 219, pl.42.3, fig.2, Louvre no. 2114, p219) and unprovenanced (British Museum EA90341). Very close to common 4th and 3rd century BC examples holding a drum (Thomas type L-I.6) known from Memphis and Saqqara (Quibell, 1907; Martin 1981; 1987). Uncertain whether these represent earlier variants of L-I.6 or just regional variants. Dated approximately 5th to 3rd century BC.
Karageorghis, V. 1984. Dionysiaca and erotica from Cyprus. RDAC1984, 214-220.
Martin, G. T. 1981. The sacred animal necropolis at North Saqqâra: the southern dependencies of the main temple complex. Egypt Exploration Society, Excavation Memoirs 50.
Martin, G.T. 1987. ‘Erotic’ figurines, the Cairo Museum. GM 96, 71-84.
Quibell, 1907. Excavations at Saqqara 1905-1906. Le Caire: Imprimerie de l'Institut français d'archéologie orientale.
- Not on display
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: E.SU.154 (Accession Number)