Figure of Harpokrates - ROM2011_11750_29


Figure of Harpokrates

Medium:Bronze and gold
Geography: Excavated at Meroe, Sudan (ancient Nubia)
Date: c. 300 BC-350 AD
Period: Meroitic Period
9.5 x 3 x 1.5 cm
Object number: 921.4.36
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond (University of Liverpool Excavations Committee for the Garstang Excavations at Meroe, Sudan, 1909-1913)
Not on view

'Harpokrates' is the Hellenized version of the Egyptian name Hor-pa-khered, or Horus the child.  He is the image of sovereignty, but also of promise for the future and hope. 

The god is depicted as a naked child.  He wears the side-lock of youth and the double crown.  He sits, unsupported, in the characterisitc pose of Horus-the-Child, knees bent as if he were on his mother's lap.  The statue is corroded, but still quite solid.  Traces of gold remain, particularly on the crown.

This small votive object could have been taken to Meroe by Meroites returning after a stay in Egypt, or have been sent to the temple as a gift from the Egyptian rulers.

Object History: Excavated by Dr. John Garstang, 1909-1910
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