Solid-cast amuletic figure of the god Harpokrates in copper alloy; god represented as naked male child, slightly bent, with left arm by his side, the other one bent to hold right hand to his mouth; wearing the sidelock of youth to the right side of his head and uraeus (?) on forehead; broken suspension loop behind his neck and shoulders; almost complete, corroded and worn.
- Production date
- 4thC BC - 1stC BC
Height: 3.15 centimetres
Width: 1.15 centimetres
Depth: 1 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bronze figures of Harpokrates were common during the Late and Ptolemaic periods in Egypt (Weiss 2012, 126-157, Typ 41-69, Pl. 11-19), chiefly in the Delta where his cult was particularly developed (Sandri 2006). Likewise, the child deity was very popular in Naukratis. He appears in a large number of small votives and amuletic figures, in a variety of materials and shapes (Masson forthcoming). This figure of Harpokrates belongs to the type 43 in the typology of bronzes by K. Weiss, a type that appears on a number of sites in the Delta, especially in Late Period contexts (Weiss 2012, 130-131, 576-581, Pl. 11f-h and Pl. 12a-b, Typ 43, esp. Nr. 1541 for this specimen).
Masson, A. forthcoming, ‘Naukratis: Egyptian offerings in context’, in M. Bergeron and A. Masson (eds.), Naukratis in Context II: Cults, Sanctuaries and Offerings. Proceedings of the Second Naukratis Project Workshop held at The British Museum, 22nd-23rd June 2013.
Sandri, S. 2006, Har-pa-chered (Harpokrates). Die Genese eines ägyptischen Götterkindes, Orientalia Lovaniensa Analecta 151.
Weiss, K. 2012, Ägyptische Tier- und Götterbronzen aus Unterägypten: Untersuchungen zu Typus, Ikonographie und Funktion sowie der Bedeutung innerhalb der Kulturkontakte zu Griechenland, Ägypten und Altes Testament 81.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Donated by Egypt Exploration Fund in 1886
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: H1029.2 (Accession Number)