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Ancient Egyptian Harpocrates Statuette

Period:
Ptolemaic Period, c. 332-30 BCE
Dimensions:
5 1/2" (13.5 cm)
Material:
Terracotta
Condition:
Very good, base broken off, some chipping on the column
Region:
Egypt
Provenance:
Acquired by the present owner while working in England in 1964, from the English dealer Lambor, from an old English collection.

Description

Ancient Egyptian statue of Harpocrates sitting on the lotus column with snakes entwined. Deity is wearing an agis, holding a vessel. "Lock of Youth" piece of hair dressed on right side of his head symbolizes youth. Right index finger to mouth. When the Greeks conquered Egypt under Alexander the Great in the Ptolemaic Period, they transformed the Egyptian Horus into their Hellenistic god known as Harpocrates. Son of Isis and Osiris. He became known as the "god of silence."

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