Timeless are pleased to offer this fine condition bronze pedant depicting the enigmatic Romano-Egyptian god, Harpokrates.
Harpokrates was the Greek interpretation of the Egyptian god Harpa-Khruti (Horus the Child) who was usually depicted as a small boy with a finger held to his lips - an Egyptian gesture symbolising childhood which the Greeks completely misunderstood as being a hush for silence.
Consequently, Harpokartes was considered to be the god of silence, secrets, and confidentiality in the Hellenistic region of Greece, Egypt and the Levant. The early Roman poets also adopted this view of the god (termed Harpocrates in Classical Latin), and house shrines dedicated to Harpokrates have been found throughout the Roman Empire.
This little pendant is only 29mm in length, however, on close inspection, its possible to discern a nude Harpokrates with finger to lips, leaning on a figural-headed staff and with a suspension loop to the back. It's very small - so a magnifying glass may be required!
Now available in the Timeless Galleries.
ROMANO-EGYPTIAN HARPOKRATES PENDANT
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019. Previously the property of a London lady, oringally forming part of a family collection formed in the 1970s - 80s.