Figure of Isis nursing the infant Harpocrates - ROM2010_11495_66


Figure of Isis nursing the infant Harpocrates

Medium:Mould-made earthenware (terracotta) with traces of white slip
Geography: Found in al-Fayyūm, Egypt
Date: about 100-300 CE
Period: Roman Imperial period
22.2 cm
Object number: 910.108.364
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Roman Egypt

The Triad: Serapis, Isis, and Harpocrates

Unlike the Egyptian Osiris-Isis-Horus triad from which the Pharaoh was a direct descendant, the Romano-Egyptian triad of Serapis-Isis-Harpocrates remained more independent of the monarchy. Emphasizing the divine and the eternal, this family triad was used to depict the preservation of order in Egypt during the Roman period. These Romano-Egyptian deities offered Romans another avenue for spiritual fulfilment apart from the familiar Olympian deities.

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