Amulet of Harpokrates
Third Intermediate Period–Late Period, Dynasty 21–30
Place of Origin: Egypt
Overall: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This amulet of a seated figure of Harpokrates has a loop at the back for suspension. It is crudely worked and glazed greenish-blue with details in yellow-green.
Harpocrates (Horus-the-child) was the infant son of Osiris and Isis, often shown seated on his mother’s lap nursing. Isis made potent protective spells to keep her child safe and this protection would be accessible to one who wore the amulet.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way