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  • Statuette of Harpokrates, Imperial, 1st–2nd century a.d.
    Roman
    Bronze

    H. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1918 (18.145.20)

    Small votive figurines of Harpokrates (the infant Horus) are common, especially in Egypt, where he was an important deity in popular religion. He wears the pschent (the double crown of the Two Lands of Egypt) and carries a cornucopia in his left arm. He is shown with his forefinger to his lips, a pose that dates back to the New Kingdom in the Late Bronze Age. It was interpreted by Roman writers as signifying secrecy with regard to the mysteries of the Isis cult.

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    Statuette of Harpokrates, Imperial, 1st–2nd century a.d.
    Roman
    Bronze

    H. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1918 (18.145.20)


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