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Statuette representing Harpokrates

Ptolemaic Period–Roman Period
332 BC–200 AD
From Egypt
Copper alloy
Height: 7.7 x W: 3 x D: 2.2 cm (3 1/16 x 1 3/16 x 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1943
Accession Number:
Not on view
The child god represented here with finger to mouth is Harpokrates. who wears a small Egyptian double crown. This Greco-Roman form of the god also wears a cloak attached to one shoulder, and holds a cornucopia. He leans on a tree trunk and has one foot on a small clump of land.
The cornucopia has been noted to be particularly associated with gods connected to the Eleusinian mysteries, and here to mark a convergence of Egyptian myth and Eleusinian myth fostered by the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Purchased by the Museum from Charles Morley, New York, 1943.

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