Egypt, Probably Alexandria, late Ptolemaic Dynasty, ca. 50 BC / Statuette of Harpocrates / c. 50 BCEgypt, Probably Alexandria, late Ptolemaic Dynasty, ca. 50 BC
Statuette of Harpocrates
c. 50 BC

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Creator Nationality: Egyptian
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt
Creator Active Place: Egypt
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt, Probably Alexandria, late Ptolemaic Dynasty, ca. 50 BC
Title: Statuette of Harpocrates
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -5
Creation End Date: -4
Creation Date: c. 50 BC
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: bronze, hollow cast, with silver inlays
Dimensions: Overall: 27cm x 10.2cm x 8.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1972.6
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: This bronze takes its name from the Greek adaptation of the Egyptian phrase Hor-pa-khred, Horus, the sun god, as a child. This is confirmed by typical Horus traits: the forelock, finger raised to his mouth, and the hole behind the forelock, which once held a double crown. The panther skin over his left arm was priestly Egyptian garb.Centuries before Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, the Greeks had traveled and traded there. Fascinated by Egyptian deities they equated many with their own. Horus, the sun god and son of Osiris and Isis, for instance, became Apollo, the god of light to the Greeks.The Egyptians made thousands of images of Hor-pa-khred as votive gifts in shrines and temples. The Greeks rendered their own Harpocrates as a much softer and voluptuous figure.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1972.6
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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