Amulet of Harpokrates

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


Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1957

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of a squatting figure of Harpokrates (Horus the child) with his finger to his mouth has a loop at the back of the neck for suspension. A Bes head appears in relief on the back. It has a slight black glaze.
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