Statuette of Harpocrates



Statuette of Harpocrates


statuette (figurine)


404-343 BC


Late Period, Dynasty 28-30


Copper alloy, glass
Maximum inc. Base: 6 15/16 x 1 7/16 x 3 7/8 in. (17.6 x 3.7 x 9.8 cm)

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This statue depicts Harpocrates or Horus the Child. The name Harpocrates is the Greek translation of the Egyptian name Hor-Pa-Khered. He is first mentioned in the Pyramid Texts as "Horus the Child with his finger in his mouth". Depicted as a nude boy, Harpocrates wears the nemes headdress with the sidelock of youth. The uraeus on his brow indicates the god's status as the king of Egypt. The inlaid glass eyes imbue the statue with life. In Late Period and Ptolemaic Egypt, the cult of Harpocrates was popular in Alexandria, Memphis, Hermopolis Magna, as well as other cities. Produced in temple workshops, votive statues of Harpocrates were dedicated by pilgrims to the god. Small statuettes were also used for private worship inside the home and placed in cult niches.

Credit Line

Gift of the 2015 Visiting Board, with in-kind support from Robin F. Beningson and Joseph A. Coplin


Anitquarium, Ltd., Ancient Treasures (New York: Antiquarium, Ltd., 2003), 6.


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