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Egyptian Fragment of the Riding Harpokrates, 1st-2nd Century AD

Egyptian terracotta fragment of Harpocrates riding a horse, whose mane can be guessed on the right.

The youthful god is dressed in a short tunic and wears a stippled floral wreath topped by the Egyptian double crown. Harpokrates is shown with the right forefinger to his mouth.

Harpokrates was the infant son of Isis and Horus and symbolized both youth and fertility. Harpokrates was revered as the patron deity of childhood.

Hollow figure made of two halves, traces of a circular vent hole behind. Horus written with pencil on the back.

Remains of white and pink pigment.

For a close parallels, cf. no. 145-146 in: E. Bayer-Niemeier. Bildwerke der Sammlung Kaufmann. Melsungen 1988.

Figure fragment, broken at waist level. Nice modeling.

H. 9.2 cm (3.6 in)

Theodor Fischer, auction house owner from Lucerne, gifts the piece to a friend in 1941 (copy of the accompanying note joined).

320 USD

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