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Harpocrates on horseback

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Small figure of Harpocrates on horseback. He is represented as a plump child, with the child's lock of hair and the two crowns of Egypt on his head.The forefinger on his lips is meant to emphasize his youth, but was usually interpreted by the Greeks as an admonition to silence about his...

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By date unknown: Horace L. Mayer Collection; November 13, 1958: loaned to MFA by Horace L. Mayer (as 147.58); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 11, 1958

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Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Roman Provincial, Roman Period, about A.D. 100


17.3 cm (6 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World