Child god (Harpokrates?) amulet

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134

The richly colored turquoise faience figure represents a child god in a seated/reclining position, as he would have been held on his mother's lap. The child is distinguished from an adult gods by iconographic clues: his nudity and the sidelock on the right side of his head that is a sign of childhood.

Child gods grew in popularity and cult from the Third Intermediate Period onwards, rivaling even the most powerful and ancient gods, especially as temple offerings. The best known is Horus the Child (Harpokrates), who was the son of Isis and Osiris, but many others existed, including Khonsu the Child, Ihy, and Harsiese, among others. Thus it is difficult to assign a precise identity to this statuette without an associated inscription.

Child god (Harpokrates?) amulet, Faience

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