Egypt, Ptolemaic to Roman periods, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A cast silver figure - perhaps an amulet or just a charm to be carried - depicting the standing nude figure of the god Harpocrates. He is shown as a boy, with a tall headdress and one finger raised to his lips in a gesture of silencing. At his feet is a small animal - possibly a falcon. During the Ptolemaic period, Isis-Hathor, Serapis, and Harpocrates formed the Triad of Alexandria, three gods who combined the Egyptian and Greek pantheons into a unique, local religious practice. Harpocrates was the god of silence, secrets, and confidentiality. This diminutive figure may have been carried by an individual to bring luck or as an act of prayer. Size: 1.125" H (2.9 cm); 4.6 grams
Provenance: private Owen collection, New Jersey, USA, acquired in the 1990s from a US-based dealer; from the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century, and brought to the US with the family in 1954
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