Amulet of Harpokrates

Egyptian
Third Intermediate Period–Late Period, Dynasty 21–30
1070–332 B.C.


Place of Origin: Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1953

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way