A rare Egyptian cast bronze pendant of the god Harpocrates, the personification of Horus the Child, identifiable from his side-lock, which was a common hairstyle for young Egyptian boys, and the gesture of holding his index finger to his chin. The deity is depicted standing over a small plinth, with one arm along his side and knees slightly bent. The reverse features a loop for suspension. The pendant would have been worn as an amulet, bestowing its protective powers upon the wearer.
Date: Circa 760-30 BC Period: Late Period - Ptolemaic Period Condition: Extremely fine, complete and intact. The amulet is suitable for modern wear with care.
In Ancient Egyptian culture and mythology Harpocrates, also knowns as Harpa-Khruti (Horus the Child), was the son of the goddess Isis and her husband Osiris. The deity was often depicted as a small boy, with a side-lock of youth and the index finger held to the lips or the chin, a typical Egyptian gesture symbolising childhood and also the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for “child”. However, the gesture is also linked to the action of eating porridge, which was one of the traditional children’s food in Ancient Egypt. The deity was later adopted by the Greeks and the misinterpretation of the gesture of the finger to the lips led to the association of Harpocrates with silence, hence making him the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
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