Bronze statuette of Harpokrates

Period: Imperial

Date: 1st–2nd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H.: 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1918

Accession Number: 18.145.20


Small votive figurines of Harpokrates (the infant Horus) are common, especially in Egypt where he was an important deity in local popular religion. He wears the pschent (the double crown of the Two Lands of Egypt) and carries a cornucopiae 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 Egyptian cult.