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Ptolemaic Period
332–30 B.C.
From Egypt; Possibly from Eastern Delta, Tanis (San el-Hagar)
Cupreous metal
H. without tang 36.5 cm (14 3/8 in.); W. 10 cm (3 15/16 in.); D. 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Harpokrates, or Horus the Child, is depicted here. Nudity and a finger (broken) raised to the mouth identify the figure as a child god, reinforced by the plumpness of his body and rolls of fat on his throat, and by the child lock once affixed to his crown on the left. The double crown identifies the god specifically as Harpokrates. The crown is quite elaborate, decorated with tiny circles and falcon spread across the back of the crown. The god also wears a large broad collar and a precious metal bag amulet hangs on a string about his neck.
The torsion in the god's figure is remarkable.
J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, purchased by him from Maurice Nahman, Cairo, before 1913. Purchased by the museum from the estate of J. P. Morgan, 1944.

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