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Romano-Egyptian Terracotta Votive - Harpocrates

Egypt, Romano-Egyptian period, ca. 1st century BCE to 1st century CE. A mold-made earthenware figure of the god Harpocrates, posed here nude aside from his distinctive pointed cap. He stands leaning against a pillar, with one hand raised slyly to his lips, and a snake draped around his shoulders. Harpocrates was the god of silence, secrets, and confidentiality. Excavations at the city of Naukratis, located near modern day Alexandria, have revealed terracotta molds for making models just like this one; they were made from dark red-brown Nile silt in vast workshops. These figures were made for locals, but reflected the influence of Greco-Roman naturalistic styles in their depictions of the deities. They were bought by individuals and are found overwhelmingly in domestic contexts. Size: 1.3" W x 4.45" H (3.3 cm x 11.3 cm); 6.1" H (15.5 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Intact, with tiny scratches and chips on the edges, commensurate with age. Nice remaining detail with clear form.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Jay Yamner collection, Brooklyn, New York, USA

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