Seated statuette of Harpokrates

Egyptian
Late Period
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x Length x depth: 12 x 4 x 8.5 cm (4 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

02.516

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This bronze figurine depicts the god Harpokrates (Horus the child) seated with his hands in his lap. As is typical in Egyptian representations of children, he is shown nude and wears a sidelock. In Egyptian belief, the infant god Horus was raised in secret by his mother, Isis, in order to protect him following the murder of his father, Osiris, by the god of chaos, Seth. Later, Horus would go on to avenge his father’s death. In the Late Period and in Ptolemaic and Roman times, Harpokrates was associated with healing and protection.

Provenance

By 1902: Mrs. Samuel D. Warren collection; 1902: Given by the estate of Mrs. S.D. Warren to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren