Bronze Amulet of Harpocrates

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Roman period, circa 1st century A.D.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 4.5 cm high excluding pedestal
Price: Sold
Ref: 1160
Provenance: Private collection Dr. Yves Goalard, France, acquired in the 1970s.
Condition: Suspension loop on the back is worn off, otherwise of fine quality.
Description: Bronze pendant of the Egyptian child god. The nude boy leans on a trunk with a cornucopia in his left arm. His head is slightly bent to the right, placing the index finger of his right hand in the typical gesture on his mouth. He wears a small Egyptian double crown on his head. The cornucopia has been noted to be particularly associated with gods connected to the Eleusinian mysteries, and here to mark a convergence of Egyptian myth and Eleusinian myth fostered by the Ptolemaic dynasty. Mounted on a modern marble column.