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Statuette of the Child Horus

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Bronze, plaster
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 4th-3rd century B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period to Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (13.7 x 6.6 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.364E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bronze figure of the god Harpocrates shown nude, except for the "heart" amulet suspended around his neck, and seated (without a seat). Possibly made to be set on the lap of a larger figure of Isis. The figure is still partly encased in its original mold. The mold now covers the figure's back (up to the level of the armpits), and the front of the legs (with the exception of the lower left leg which is exposed and mostly missing). This mold is discolored green (from an original white), possibly from having been in contact with corroding bronze. The figure wears a bulbous crown adorned with a uraeus. He wears a side- lock. On top of the crown is a roughly rectangular depression (for insertion of an object? Or traces of hole used for casting?). Condition: Most of left leg missing; left hand missing. Back of shoulders split open; most of rear of head missing; area of bright green (disease?) on edge of break in rear of head. Surface pitted and scratched.
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