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Adorable Roman Bronze Harpocrates w/ Cornucopia

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A finely cast bronze Harpocrates - the god of silence, secrets, and confidentiality - with his finger pressed to his lips, standing in contrapposto with weight shifted to his right leg and his left knee bent, nude save a panther skin (nebris) over his body - tied in a reef knot on his left shoulder, and holding a bountiful cornucopia (horn of plenty) in his left hand. His visage is finely detailed with delicate features and framed by a wavy coiffure with curls over his forehead, ears, and neck. Size: 4.125" H (10.5 cm); 4.875" H (12.4 cm) on included custom stand.

This Harpocrates type and pose continued to be popular throughout the ages, inspiring sculptures of all sizes throughout the ages. See a larger bronze of Harpocrates by the 17th c. Circle of Francois Duquesnoy that sold at Christie's London (4 July 2013 - Lot 46) for GBP 337,875 ($434,565.70) - https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-bronze-figure-of-harpocrates-circle-of-5699019-details.aspx

Condition: Missing left foot. Otherwise excellent with rich russet and deep green patina.

Provenance: ex-private collection of a prominent northern German judge acquired in the 1980s

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