Egypt, Ptolemaic period, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A hand-carved limestone figure depicting a nude Horus (also Harpocrates, Harpokrates) upon an integral rectangular plinth. Horus rests in a kneeling position with legs tucked beneath his body, and his arms are held atop an enormous phallus with an incised head and a wide shaft. His upright head features almond-shaped eyes with elongated outer canthi, a broad nose, thin lips above a clefted chin, and cupped ears, with a smooth top, and a curl of hair - known as the "sidelock of youth" - cascading down one side. Thick traces of red and black pigment accentuate the figure in a manner consistent with fine Ptolemaic-era artistry! Size: 4.4" L x 1.5" W x 3.2" H (11.2 cm x 3.8 cm x 8.1 cm).
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-collection of the Bouillon Bey, Luxor, Egypt, acquired in the late 19th century CE
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Repair to area of integral plinth and head of phallus, with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions and fading to original pigmentation on plinth, body, phallus, and head, with light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and great traces of original pigment throughout.