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Amulet of Harpokrates

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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...

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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

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets