This bronze figurine represents the god Harpokrates, i.e. Horus the child. The Greeks created the name of Harpokrates from the Egyptian 'Har-pa-khered', literally 'Horus-the-child'. He acted as an amuletic force warding off dangerous creatures and was a popular deity with the Phoenicians who were closely connected to Egypt by both geography and trade. As shown in this example, he was often represented as a naked child, with the right index finger to his mouth, wearing a headdress with a frontal uraeus and hair with a braided sidelock of youth curling at his right shoulder, striding forth on an integral rectangular base.
He is sometimes shown on the lap of his enthroned mother, in bronze statue groups of the Late Period (661-332 BC), when these deities were particularly popular. They were seen as members of the ideal family, consisting of Osiris, Isis and Harpokrates.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: acquired from Susette Khayat, Ancient Arts Gallery, 5th Ave, New York City, in the 1950's and then by descent.
No export licenses required however this piece may be subject to reduced import tax/duties.
Shipping method: USPS (including insurance).
The seller hereby guarantees the lot to be authentic, acquired by legal means and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance.
- Ancient Egyptian
- Number of objects
- Figure of Harpokrates
- 12.6×2.7×3.5 cm
- Century/ Timeframe
- 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
- Good Condition, See Photo