Romano-Egyptian fragmentary head of Harpocrates, Ptolemaic, 1c. BC / AD
Romano-Egyptian fragmentary head of the Greek god Harpocrates, the full face shown with Egyptian style headdress, in distinct deep red Egyptian clay.
1st century BC / 1st century AD
5×8.6cm, 16.5cm on rustic stand
‘Harpocrates’ was the Hellenistic Greek adoption of an ancient Egyptian god, meaning ‘Horus the Child’ in Greek. During the time the Ptolemy’s ruled Egypt in the 1st centuries BC/AD, and into the Roman period, he became an important focus of worship, as evidenced by the numerous terracotta figures of him that have survived.