Statuette of Harpocrates/Horus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
Late 1st–2nd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 103; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 17.6 cm (6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

59.30

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Harpocrates is represented as a chubby child wearing an elaborate headdress topped by the uraeus characteristic of the Egyptian god Horus. His right hand points to his mouth, and he carries cornucopiae in the left.
He wears the crown of upper and lower Egypt and a crescent moon. A cobra, the symbol of his mother Isis, undulates over his shoulders and arm. Encrusted. Even green patina.

Provenance

By date unknown, with Hugo Weissmann, Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts (said to have been found in Western Asia Minor); 1958: purchased from Hugo Weissmann by Cornelius C. Vermeule III; gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, January 8, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III